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Is it worth applying to college as a test-optional applicant?

Hi all! I'm a high school junior, and I've been considering applying to college as a test-optional applicant. My SAT and ACT scores aren't as high as I'd like, but I have strong grades and extracurriculars. Do you think it's worth applying test-optional, or should I try to improve my test scores and submit them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's great to see that you're exploring different paths for your college applications. As someone who has seen my own child go through the college application process, I can share some insights on the test-optional route. If your SAT and ACT scores aren't reflecting your true potential, then applying test-optional could be a good choice. Many colleges are now understanding the limitations of standardized tests and are open to considering applicants without test scores. Your strong grades and extracurriculars can help showcase your talents and dedication. However, if you feel that your test scores can still be improved with some more preparation, it might be worth giving it another shot. Keep in mind that there's no harm in trying to improve your test scores while also considering the test-optional path. You can always decide later on whether or not to submit your scores. Ultimately, it's essential to choose the path that you feel most comfortable with and one that highlights your strengths the best. Good luck with your college applications!

10 months ago

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