Do colleges look at sat essay score

Hi, I have applied to Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Dartmouth and UPenn through Questbridge’s Early Decision program. When I sent in my application, I sent in my first score of 31. I just got back my new scores and I got a 31 again, but it was because the place I took it the second time provided a poor testing environment. However, my superscore is now 34. I know that if I take it again, I’ll get a better score. Should I still send my new scores in hopes that they’ll superscore them or at least look at each individual section, or should I just retake it in time for the regular decision deadline and use the better score for regular decision? UPenn makes it clear on their page that they take the best scores from every section.
Thank you for your time,
Arianna

Hi. So, in my Freshman year, I had one C (and 5 A’s) in my first semester and 3 B’s and 3 A’s for my second semester.
In my Sophomore year, I had FOUR B’s in my first semester and then 1 B in my second semester (and the rest were A’s). One of the B’s in my first semester and the one in my second semester was due to AP Euro.
So for 10-12, my weighted GPA is and unweighted is .
Right now, for my Junior year, I have all A’s at the moment.
Just recently, I took the SAT and got a 2140. And I am in some extracurricular activities like swim (3 years already), and I’m in Key Club. I have around 70+ hours.

To follow on my earlier comment and to buttress Erin’s comment about grad school acceptance criteria – 10+ years ago a friend who was an excellent military officer, Masters prepared, many times published, stellar health care administrator, Assistant Chief of one of the Army Medical Department’s branches was told that a school would not look at her application because she did not score well on the GRE. This is a situation where it is used not as a means of looking at potential, but as a thumbs up or down criteria – potential had been proven.

I would be more sympathetic to arguments about bias if the result of not getting into Harvard were having to dig coal or go rag picking on some massive landfill. More commonly, the result of not getting into Harvard is having to go to, oh, I don’t know, Tufts, or Penn, or Oberlin, or Stanford, or Amherst, or (perish the thought) the University of Michigan. So please, everyone, give me a break.
If you hadn’t already noticed, the entire nature of college admission is discriminatory, meaning that choices have to be made and some people get in some places and some don’t.
This story is really about the perception that not getting into Harvard (or pick your “elite” school) denies you the opportunity to partake of American society’s advantages, and that is definitely NOT what happens as a result of not getting in there. So stop whining. Imagine what real racial discrimination was like and then feel ashamed that you think not getting into the college of your choice is the same thing.

Do colleges look at sat essay score

do colleges look at sat essay score

I would be more sympathetic to arguments about bias if the result of not getting into Harvard were having to dig coal or go rag picking on some massive landfill. More commonly, the result of not getting into Harvard is having to go to, oh, I don’t know, Tufts, or Penn, or Oberlin, or Stanford, or Amherst, or (perish the thought) the University of Michigan. So please, everyone, give me a break.
If you hadn’t already noticed, the entire nature of college admission is discriminatory, meaning that choices have to be made and some people get in some places and some don’t.
This story is really about the perception that not getting into Harvard (or pick your “elite” school) denies you the opportunity to partake of American society’s advantages, and that is definitely NOT what happens as a result of not getting in there. So stop whining. Imagine what real racial discrimination was like and then feel ashamed that you think not getting into the college of your choice is the same thing.

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