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What is a Superscore?

March 2019
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A superscore (also known as “highest composite score”) is the combined ACT/SAT score that takes the highest section scores across all the dates a student took the test. Most competitive colleges consider an applicant’s super score when evaluating their application.

For example, consider a student with the following scores:

Math Reading and Writing Combined Score
May SAT 700 600 1300
June SAT 600 700 1300
Highest Score 700 700 1400

Though their composite scores for both May and June would be 1300, their superscore, which combines the highest score on each section, would be 1400.

Here is how and why MIT uses superscores:
“If you take the same test (SAT, ACT, or an SAT Subject Test) multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section. We do this in order to consider all applicants in their best light.”