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How do I decide whether to apply test-optional?

With many colleges going test-optional due to COVID-19, I'm having trouble deciding whether to submit my SAT scores or not. My scores are decent, but not outstanding. How can I determine whether it's better to apply test-optional or include my scores? Thanks for any advice!

11 months ago

It's great that you're thinking about your application strategy! When deciding whether to submit your SAT scores, consider a few factors. First, compare your scores to the middle 50% range of SAT scores for admitted students at the colleges you're applying to. If your scores fall within or above that range, it might be beneficial to include them. If your scores are below that range, you might want to consider applying test-optional. Another factor to consider is the strength of the rest of your application. If you have a strong GPA, extracurricular activities, and recommendation letters, your application may already stand out without the SAT scores. On the other hand, if you believe your test scores could add value to your application or compensate for any weaker areas, it might be worth submitting them. Ultimately, it's important to remember that test-optional means colleges will not penalize you for not submitting test scores. They understand that the pandemic has disrupted standardized testing for many students. Trust your instincts, and good luck with your applications!

11 months ago

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