You’ve taken the SAT/ACT and are ready to send your scores to colleges. But did you know that not all colleges require official score reports? That’s right
any colleges are now letting applicants self-report their scores directly on their applications
(and only requiring an official score report if they choose to enroll).
But what does self-reporting test scores mean? We answer this critical question here and also give you a list of popular colleges that allow self-reporting. Additionally, we’ll go over how to self-report scores using the Common Application and Coalition Application.
What Does Self-Reporting Test Scores Mean?
What is self-reporting test scores? Simply put,
it’s the act of reporting any scores you earned on specific tests directly on your college application
having to send in official score reports from testing agencies or your school.
In other words, you do not need to go through the process of having to pay for and submit official score reports to your colleges; you can
just manually type in
the scores you got on your tests on your application. The college will then use these unofficial test scores to help make an admissions decision.
Self-reporting can be done for the following tests, among others:
- SAT Subject Tests
- AP exams
- IB exams
You can self-report your scores on the
(we’ll go over how to do this later). Other colleges might ask you to self-report scores via their application system or by taking a screenshot of your online score report and sending that in with your application.
not all colleges allow applicants to self-report scores
. Instead, they will accept only official score reports with your application
—no unofficial test scores.
Sending official score reports to colleges isn’t free. Ordering score reports costs
$12 per test date and school
for the SAT
$13 per test date and school
for the ACT
(this is after use your
four free SAT
ACT score reports
more and more colleges are starting to allow applicants to self-report their test scores
on their applications, and only require official score reports once the student has been accepted and agreed to enroll. This saves the student money because they won’t need to pay for lots of official score reports and can instead have their self-reported scores used for evaluation.
It also means that you won’t need to worry about
the time it’ll take for your official score reports to get to your schools
you can rest assured that your schools will have access to your scores as soon as you submit your applications, as that’s where you filled them in.
You can see, too, that with self-reporting,
no way to cheat or inflate your scores
because you’ll eventually have to send in official score reports. And if the scores on those differ even slightly from the scores you self-reported earlier, your application will most likely be disqualified.
many schools often prefer self-reported scores
(if they allow them, that is) as they allow admissions officers to have an applicant’s main information all in one easily accessible place.
You could get into Yale with self-reported SAT/ACT scores!
Popular Colleges That Allow Self-Reporting
As mentioned above, most colleges still require official score reports during the application phase and will
accept self-reported test scores.
many schools are changing their policies
on reporting scores so that students can freely self-report their test scores without having to worry about paying for score reports until
they’ve agreed to enroll.
According to Compass Education Group,
more than 150 colleges currently accept self-reported SAT/ACT scores
Here are some of the most popular colleges that allow self-reporting of SAT/ACT scores:
Binghamton University (SUNY)
College of William & Mary
Franklin & Marshall College
Harvey Mudd College
Johns Hopkins University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Santa Clara University
Texas Christian University
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of San Francisco
University of Virginia
Washington University in St. Louis
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How to Self-Report Test Scores: 2 Methods
There are many different ways you can self-report scores on your college applications. The way you’ll do it will depend on what your specific colleges accept. For example, some colleges accept self-reporting through the Common Application or Coalition Application, while others require a screenshot of your unofficial score report.
In this section, we go over how to self-report scores using the Common App and Coalition App.
Method 1: Self-Reporting Through the Common App
logging into your Common Application account
click the “Common App” tab
at the top; this will bring you to a page with links to your profile, family, education, etc. in a column on the left.
Click the link in this column that reads “Testing” to get to the following page:
On this page, you can self-report scores for the SAT, the ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, IB tests, the TOEFL, the IELTS, and/or the PTE Academic. To do so,
simply click “Yes” when asked if you’d like to self-report any scores
. Doing this will make a new section pop up where you can select the tests you’ll be reporting scores from. You may select multiple tests.
Once you’ve chosen a test, a tab at the bottom of the page will appear. Click this to begin manually inputting your scores from that exam, along with information on how many times you plan to take the test in the future (if applicable).
Method 2: Self-Reporting Through the Coalition App
log in to your MyCoalition account
Click the link that reads “Profile”
at the top of the page. From there, you’ll be taken to your profile page, which will have a bunch of links on the left.
If you’re self-reporting SAT or ACT scores,
If you’re self-reporting scores from any other exams,
click “Additional Tests.”
Here’s what the SAT/ACT page looks like:
You’ll be asked whether you want to self-report scores for the SAT and/or ACT.
Click “Yes” for the test for which you’d like to submit scores.
Doing this will bring up additional information below the question, where you can fill out your scores and test date(s).
If you’d like to self-report other test scores (e.g., for AP tests), here’s what that page looks like:
click “Yes” to any tests you’d like to self-report scores for
, and then fill out your scores and test dates (this information will pop up once you click “Yes”).
Recap: What Does Self-Reporting Test Scores Mean for You?
So what is self-reporting test scores? Simply put,
it’s the act of manually inputting your scores
into your college application
through the school’s application system, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application. It can also be sending in screenshots showing your unofficial scores.
Tests can include the SAT/ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, IB tests, and English-proficiency tests.
These unofficial scores are used for admissions purposes only.
If you get accepted and decide to enroll, you’ll need to submit your official score report. Any discrepancy between your official score report and self-reported scores will result in your disqualification (so, no, you can’t cheat by putting down a higher score than what you actually got!).
there are many colleges that allow self-reporting.
This is because more and more colleges want to ensure that applicants aren’t burdened by the costs associated with ordering official score reports. Many popular and even many
highly selective colleges
, such as Harvard and Stanford, allow applicants to self-report their SAT/ACT scores on their applications.
The process of self-reporting test scores is pretty simple if you’re applying through the Common App or Coalition App. All you really need to do is look for the testing section on the application and then click “Yes” if you wish to report scores from any tests. Just be sure to check ahead of time that your school(s) accept self-reported SAT/ACT scores and don’t require official reports.
If you’ve just taken the SAT or ACT, you’re probably dying to know when you can expect to get your scores.
Read our guides to learn exactly
how long you’ll have to wait for your SAT scores
for various test dates.