Isn’t everything these days? It’s there in a nanosecond. That line of thinking can get you into plenty of trouble when deciding on the timing of when to submit your SAT and/or ACT scores to the colleges you are applying to.
You would think…
You would think that once you pay for your scores to be sent to your colleges that it will be there in a day, maybe 2, the most. After all, it’s all done over the internet. Right? Here’s some news. It can take up to 2 weeks, and maybe more, for your colleges to actually receive and apply to your application your test scores. It’s the sad reality in this day and age where we want everything done now.
Why would this be the case?
Well, some of this is a mystery and I certainly don’t have all of the answers. What I will say is that every college has its own timeline of when they do things. They may only download test scores from the College Board or ACT once per week and then it may take time after that to actually apply it to your application. And beware that there have been plenty of times that the college applies your test scores to the wrong applicant! What?!?
So, what does this mean for you?
Send your scores at least 2 weeks in advance of the college deadline and check your portal to be sure they actually arrived in your account. Remember, it’s not there until the college says it’s there.
And lesson learned.
Procrastination doesn’t work in your college journey. It can be a devastating blow when you’ve waited too long to do any piece of it and newsflash, that only hurts you. My advice? Don’t get hurt, be proactive and ahead of the game.