I have a 3.5 GPA because of COVID in Junior Year, I fell pretty low. My GPA was at 3.8-3.9 range. I did manage to get a perfect SAT score, so would that help? I am kind of terrified that I won't do so good.
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So I would say take a deep breath. If your gpa was in the 3.8-3.9 range before covid and you literally have a perfect SAT score, then you are just fine for colleges. While everything is considered very closely during admissions, it's important to remember the process by which it is considered. A drop over the pandemic will make sense, but you will have to back it up with something like a very good SAT score, extra curriculars, and an increase in your gpa at the start of senior year. Don't worry too much - seems like you're in a good spot.
Since SAT is not being considered as mandatory this year, it reduces the significance of your score regardless. However, with that being said, I would submit the score along with the application in order to show that you are still up to the academic standards of the given school. Also, what I heard from many college counselors is that they will look at your SAT score if it helps you, and in this case it will. I can't really say anything beyond that in terms of outcome though. Good luck!
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