Which Colleges Superscore SAT

Higher SAT Score are always an advantage, but what if you didn't high score in SAT. That's where Superscoring helps you.Learn more about SAT superscoring and colleges which superscore SAT.

Updated by Selva Kumar on 27th January 2020

You all know that SAT scores are very important for your college application process. These SAT scores give the college an idea of your academic ability.

What if You didn’t perform well in your SAT test this time? That’s exactly where the SAT Superscoring exists.

It is found that nearly 90% of the colleges superscore SAT, these colleges realize that your one-time performance on the SAT may not represent your true academic ability. To balance that some colleges use superscoring.

In this article, we will explore what SAT superscoring is, how is it calculated, and institutions that superscore the SAT.

What is SAT Superscore?

Superscoring is the process in which the colleges consider the student’s highest scores of each section (Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) on the SAT depending on the college’s superscoring policies.

Also read: What is a Good SAT Score?

How is the SAT superscore calculated?

To calculate your SAT superscore, you’ll need the test results as per the new SAT format. You can take the highest scores from each section and add them together forming the Composite score(SAT superscore).

For example - A student took the test 3 times, in which the student earns unique scores every time. The following table shows the student’s results.

Test Dates

Part 1

Part 2














In the table, the highest score of part 1 is 780, which is from the second test (November), and the highest score of part 2 is 760 which is from the third test (December). By adding those scores we get 1540, which is considered to be a candidate’s SAT superscore.

Top Colleges that Superscore SAT

According to the College Board, it is found that nearly 90% of the institutions participate in the SAT superscore(score-use) practices.

Here’s the list of top colleges that superscore SAT.

  • Boston College

  • Brown University

  • California University

  • California Institute of Technology

  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • Cornell University’

  • Dartmouth College

  • Duke University

  • Emory University

  • Georgetown University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • New York University

  • Northwest University

  • University of Notre Dame

  • Princeton University

  • Rice University

  • Stanford University

  • Tufts University

  • University of Chicago

  • University of Southern California

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Virginia

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Washington University in St.Louis

  • Yale University

To know more, visit the list of institutions that Superscore SAT.

Benefits of SAT superscoring?

Colleges that superscore SAT mostly face a win-win situation for both the institutions and the students. For the institutions superscoring gives them the competitive students, superscoring shows that the student has the ability to score better given the time, chance, and resources. For students, superscoring can give them the advantage to improve their overall composite score on the SAT, helping them to face more competitive candidates. For example, if a student has scored as per the following table

Test Dates

Part 1

Part 2










So superscoring the results would increase the composite score by 20 points. From 1430 to (750+700)=1450.This benefits the students to get into their dream college in most cases. 

Superscoring has other benefits too, it makes the student qualify for financial aids like Scholarships and other financial grants.