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Are my chances of admission higher at a test-optional school?

Hey guys! Due to the pandemic, many colleges have implemented a test-optional policy. If I choose not to submit my SAT or ACT scores, will my chances of admission be higher at a test-optional school, or would it actually hurt my application? Thanks in advance for your insights!

9 months ago

Hey there! Test-optional policies can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it allows students with lower test scores or limited testing opportunities to still be considered for admission. On the other hand, some students feel that not submitting test scores could possibly harm their application since it might leave an incomplete picture of their academic abilities. However, from what I've seen with my own child's college application process, it really depends on your individual situation.

If you have a strong high school transcript with rigorous courses and excellent grades but your test scores aren't as high as you'd like, taking advantage of test-optional policies could definitely help you. Colleges will still evaluate your application thoroughly, relying more on your other accomplishments, such as extracurricular activities, community involvement, and your personal essay, to get to know you as a whole applicant.

On the other hand, if you have stellar test scores that would set you apart from other applicants, then submitting those scores will more likely increase your chances of admission. Ultimately, you should weigh the pros and cons of submitting your scores based on your specific situation to make the best decision for your college applications. Good luck!

9 months ago

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