In the above post, I laid out JHU's score choice POLICY. However, it is not as simple as that. The language the College Board has used in creating their “score-use practice descriptions” is a bit limiting. None of the six descriptions accurately reflect our testing policies, and have made it difficult to fully explain how we use test scores in our review process.
Therefore, when explaining score choice it is best for us to explain that our POLICY is as described as above, but our PREFERENCE is different. Our preference is that applicants SEND US ALL THEIR TEST SCORES. It is our recommendation that an applicant to Johns Hopkins submit all test scores (SAT / ACT / SAT subjects) when applying ... all test dates, all exams. This for us is the easiest policy and simplifies the application review process.
With this stated PREFERENCE that is different than our selected POLICY, some may be confused and ask why the difference. Well, we had thought about selecting the "All Scores" policy of the College Board and actually did so at first. However, the way the College Board defined that policy made it seem like every score that a student takes would matter in our Admissions review process. That was just not true ... as we are a school that looks at an applicant's highest test score sections even across different SAT dates (what many call superscoring). So though we would prefer to see all of applicant's scores, we did not want to make it appear that in our admissions review process standardized test scores are the most important factor and that we review every score a student has ever taken.
So since ALL SCORES really didn't match our methodology we selected the HIGHEST SCORES option. But once again the language that the College Board used to define this policy did not completely match with our admissions review process. Yes, when we review an application we focus on highest test scores however, we do want to know how many times a student has taken these exams and what the trend of their scores were throughout the multiple exams. The Admissions Committee does see value in reviewing test score trends and does see a difference between an applicant whose highest scores came over one / two / three exams versus an applicant whose highest scores come over five or more exams.
For these reasons, when asked about Score Choice we talk about our POLICY and our PREFERENCE. In simplistic terms, we would like you to send all of your standardized exams with your application and if so we will focus on your highest sections. We require though for you only to send us the exam dates with your highest sections. So yes, Hopkins participates in Score Choice, though we do so begrudgingly.