Ruling Lets Students Pick Top SAT Score

Officials slam new policy as benefit to wealthy kids
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2008 3:01 PM CDT
Some education officials have questioned the College Board's decision to allow students to send only their best SAT scores to schools. "It's a mistake," said one admissions dean.   (AP Photo/Skip Peterson)
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(Newser) – High school students can soon pick which of their SAT scores are sent to colleges, the Los Angeles Times reports. Starting with the class of 2010, the College Board, which administers the exam, will reverse its policy of sending all results—good, bad, or indifferent. A spokesman said the change would give students more control and less stress.

But education officials said it would benefit students wealthy enough to take the $45 test over again. “It's a mistake,” said Pomona’s admissions dean, dismissing the reversal as a “marketing decision” to keep the SAT competitive with upstart rival ACT. But one student was pleased: “You want colleges to see your best work. This only helps your chances.” (Read more SAT stories.)