Writing Scores and Multiple Test Scores

Have you ever wondered if colleges really use your SAT writing scores for admission? Or which scores the admissions board will use if you take the test multiple times? If you ask your high school guidance counselors or college representatives, you're likely to get many different answers. That's because there ARE many different answers. Each college has its own policies for evaluating the writing scores and multiple test scores. The PowerScore SAT Team contacted the admissions offices of over 170 colleges and universities to find out how individual colleges are evaluating the SAT for 2009. The answers from the representatives are below.

Method Key:

1 = Combines the highest individual math, reading, and writing from multiple tests
2 = Takes the highest single test administration
3 = Takes the score from the most recent test adminstration
4 = Averages all of the test administrations
5 = Other
College
Writing?
Method?
Notes
Amherst College
Y
1
Amhurst only sees the essay score; the essay itself is not viewed.
Arizona State University
N
1
Auburn University
Y
2
Auburn requires that students take the written portion, but do not use the score.
Baylor University
N
1
Baylor requires that students take the written portion, but do not use the score.
Boston College
Y
1
Boston University
Y
1
Bowdoin College
Y
1
Brandeis University
Y
1
Brigham Young University
N
1
Brown University
Y
5
Brown "takes every test score into consideration"
Bryn Mawr College
N
5
Bryn Mawr offers a "Test Flexible Policy" which combines 3 SAT subject tests, ACT or AP Tests
Bucknell University
Y
1
California Institute of Technology
Y
1
Carnegie Mellon University
Y
1
Case Western Reserve University
Y
1
Clemson University
N
1
Written section score is not considered for admissions
Colgate University
N
1
The written score cannot be used against the student. However, an outstanding score would be considered to help.
College of Charleston
N
1
College of the Holy Cross
N
5
SAT scores are optional for admission
College of William and Mary
Y
1
More emphaisis is placed on the personal essay than the written score on the SAT
Colorado State University
N
1
Even though CSU accepts the highest individual scores, all scores are looked at.
Columbia University
Y
1
Students must also take two SAT subject tests depending on what school they want to apply to
Cornell College
N
1
The written score is looked at, but it is not weighed as much as the application Essay.
Cornell University
Y
1
Writing portion is required, but more emphasis is placed on Math & Verbal
Creighton University
N
1
CUNY - Brooklyn College
N
1
CUNY - Hunter College
N
1
CUNY - Queens College
N
1
Dartmouth College
Y
1
Davidson College
Y
1
DePaul University
N
5
SAT scores are optional for admission beginning with the incoming 2012 freshman class.
DePauw University
Y
1
Drexel University
N
1
Drexel is possibly going to incorporate the Writing Scores for future enrollment, making minimum SAT score 1800.
Duke University
Y
1
Duquesne University
Y
1
Elon University
Y
1
Emory University
Y
1
Florida State University
Y
1
Fordham University
Y
1
Furman University
Y
1
George Mason University
N
1
Georgetown University
N
1
Georgia Institute of Technology
N
1
Gonzaga University
N
1
Harvard College
Y
1
Hofstra University
N
1
Howard University
N
1
Indiana University
Y
1
Iowa State University
Y
1
Ithaca College
Y
1
James Madison University
N
1
Johns Hopkins University
Y
1
Kansas State University
N
2
Lehigh University
N
1
Louisiana State University
N
2
For placement only
Loyola Marymount University
Y
1
Loyola University New Orleans
Y
1
Loyola University of Chicago
N
2
Marist College
Y
1
Marquette University
N
2
All scores are submitted but the focus is on Math & Verbal
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Y
1
All SAT scores are considered
Mercer University
Y
1
Miami University
Y
2
Michigan State University
N
1
Monmouth University
Y
1
Mount Holyoke College
NA
NA
Mount Holyoke does not require any standardized tests
New York University
N
1
North Carolina State University
Y
1
Northeastern University
Y
1
Northwestern University
Y
2
Oberlin College
Y
1
Ohio State University
Y
2
Ohio University
N
1
Penn State University
Y
2
Pepperdine University
Y
1
Princeton University
Y
1
Providence College
NA
NA
Providence does not require any standardized tests
Purdue University
Y
1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Y
2
Rhodes College
N
1
Rice University
Y
2
Rutgers University
Y
2
Rutgers views all scores
Saint Louis University
N
2
Saint Mary's College of California
N
1
Santa Clara University
N
1
Sarah Lawrence College
NA
NA
Sarah Lawrence does not require standardized tests
Scripps College
N
1
Seattle University
Y
1
Seton Hall University
Y
1
Smith College
Y
1
Does not require SAT or ACT scores
Southern Methodist University
N
1
Spelman College
N
1
St. John's University
Y
1
Stanford University
Y
1
Syracuse University
Y
1
Temple University
Y
2
Texas A&M University
Y
2
The George Washington University
Y
1
The University of Alabama
Y
1
The University of South Dakota
N
2
The University of Texas at Austin
Y
1
Tufts University
Y
1
Tulane University
Y
2
United States Air Force Academy
Y
1
United States Military Academy
Y
1
United States Naval Academy
Y
1
University of Arizona
N
1
University of Arkansas
N
1
University of California-Berkeley
Y
2
University of California-Davis
Y
2
University of California-Los Angeles
Y
2
University of California-Riverside
Y
2
University of California-San Diego
Y
2
University of California-Santa Barbara
Y
2
University of California-Santa Cruz
Y
2
University of Central Florida
N
1
University of Chicago
Y
1
University of Colorado
N
2
University of Connecticut
N
1
University of Dallas
N
1
University of Dayton
Y
2
University of Delaware
Y
1
University of Denver
Y
1
University of Florida
Y
1
University of Georgia
N
1
University of Hawaii
N
1
SAT/ACT not required for GPA over 3.0
University of Idaho
N
1
University of Illinois
N
1
University of Iowa
N
1
University of Kansas
N
2
University of Kentucky
N
1
University of Louisiana
N
1
University of Maine
N
1
University of Maryland
N
1
University of Massachusetts
Y
1
University of Miami
N
1
University of Michigan
Y
2
University of Minnesota
Y
2
University of Mississippi
N
2
University of Missouri
N
2
University of Montana
N
2
University of Nebraska
N
2
University of New Hampshire
Y
1
University of New Mexico
N
1
University of New Orleans
N
1
University of North Carolina
Y
1
University of North Dakota
N
2
University of Notre Dame
N
1
University of Oklahoma
N
2
University of Oregon
N
1
University of Pennsylvania
Y
1
University of Pittsburgh
Y
1
University of Rhode Island
Y
1
University of Rochester
Y
1
University of San Diego
N
1
University of San Francisco
Y
1
University of South Carolina
N
1
University of South Florida
Y
1
University of Southern California
Y
1
University of Tennessee
N
1
University of Utah
N
1
University of Vermont
Y
1
University of Virginia
Y
1
University of Washington
Y
2
University of Wisconsin
N
2
University of Wyoming
N
2
Valparaiso University
N
1
Vanderbilt University
Y
1
Vassar College
N
1
Villanova University
Y
1
Virginia Tech
N
1
Wake Forest University
Y
1
Washington State University
N
1
Wesleyan University
Y
1
West Virginia University
N
2
Willamette University
Y
1
Williams College
Y
1
Xavier University
N
1
Yale University
Y
1
Total schools using writing:
68
Total schools not using writing:
102
Total schools using method 1:
115
Total schools using method 2:
51
Total schools using method 3:
1
Total schools using method 4:
2
Total schools using other method:
2
Key:
1 = Combines the highest individual math, reading, and writing from multiple tests
2 = Takes the highest single test administration
3 = Takes the score from the most recent test adminstration
4 = Averages all of the test administrations
5 = Other

PowerScore collected this information in order to present a general picture of the admissions process. To verify that a specific college's policies have not been altered since our survey, we recommend that you contact the admissions office.

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