For Counselors: Using Scattergrams to Assess Admissions Probability

Client Success Team Updated by Client Success Team

Scattergrams visually display historical admissions decisions using previous students' GPAs and SATs/ACTs. While colleges rarely have a hard 'line in the sand' when it comes to standardized test scores, these scattergrams provide a guidepost to gauge probability of an acceptance.  The best test result will be reflected for students who have taken both the SAT and ACT.
A student will only be plotted as a data point on the scattergram if they have a GPA and an ACT or SAT score in their profile. This may affect students without test scores who apply completely test-optional.

To view a scattergram,  click on the "Analysis" tab for any college. 


The scattergram will be displayed, with the coordinating colors from the legend for outcomes.

Counselors may use the Zoom tool at the bottom to zoom in to view students with overlapping results.  This will spread out the data for a cleaner view.



Percentile lines will show students who fall in these ranges. 

Clicking on any circle reveals the underlying student data (to turn off this feature when looking a college up with a student click on 'Private Mode'.



Adjustments can be made to settings as well, by selecting enhancements to your view. 

  • GPA: Select Unweighted or Weighted for change of this view
  • Acceptance Heatmap: Overlay your scattergram with the students who were accepted to this college. Green will display the highest percentage accepted, followed by yellow and red and some shades in between. Percentage will be displayed in each section of students accepted from your high school with GPA and test scores.
  • Private Mode: Turn off the ability to click into student details if needed while viewing scattergrams with students.


Next to a scattergram, you'll find other colleges that have strong relationships to that college based on past applications or current student preferences. This can be particularly helpful in trying to identify similar colleges that you might want to recommend to a student.  

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