What percentage of colleges require the SAT?
Only about 5 percent of the four-year regionally accredited colleges in the U.S. News Best Colleges universe say they don’t use the SAT or ACT in admissions. U.S. News does not rank those schools. The other 95 percent of colleges say they either require the SAT or ACT for admission or say they are test optional.
Do colleges look at all your SAT scores?
Colleges Consider Multiple Scores in Different Ways If you take the SAT more than once, you can often choose to send only your best scores. But each college sets its own policy for how it uses multiple scores: Some colleges require all your scores. Some colleges look at your highest combined scores from one test date.
What happens if you retake the SAT and get a lower score?
Additionally, if you retake the tests, you can choose which scores you send. And even if you sent all of your scores, many colleges will only consider your highest. So even if you were to get a lower score the second time, it would not matter.