While most colleges and universities require applications to include direct transmission of transcripts from the high school, some colleges and universities will base admissions first on self-reported grades and test scores.These schools do not want test scores and transcripts mailed, Faxed, or emailed until the student has been accepted on the basis of self-reported grades and scores. After the initial acceptance, the transcripts are requested.
The University of California system of undergraduate universities operates in this manner.
Further examples: The University of Illinois uses the SRAR and recently the University of Pittsburgh decided to use self-report for the Fall 2016. Students will need to check each college/university application requirements.The SRAR is used for cost effectiveness and will probably be increasing in use.