a year ago
Admissions Advice

Should I start my applications with or without my SAT scores?

Now that admissions are opening up I wanted to get Early Action processing for the colleges I wanted to attend. Most are test optional so its not like I truly need it, but I feel it'd be good for my application considering most of what I'm submitting is heavily academics based due to not having time for additional activities. I take my SAT at my school next week on October 12 by the way-

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a year ago

I would add your SAT scores when applying if you think you will do well. Many colleges are test-optional, but they will look at it and add that on when considering you to go to their colleges. Others will also be sending their SAT scores and what could be the difference between you and others with the same GPA, extracurricular activities, and application could be whether you have a higher SAT score.

a year ago

Hi @Amorae!

Have you taken any practice tests yet? If you expect to get a good score, then it's probably best to wait. Students with scores at the lower end for a school are still more likely to get accepted than those who don't submit scores, simply because admissions officers feel more comfortable not leaving things to chance. Applying early only helps students who already meet the academic and extracurricular standards for a school; it won't boost your chances if you didn't meet those standards to begin with.

Your extracurricular list is probably the most important thing you can work on right now. While you don't have time become president of a whole new club, you could potentially find extracurriculars in activities you've already been doing. I'd recommend checking out the list below and seeing if any of the examples might already apply to you: https://blog.collegevine.com/extracurriculars-you-can-do-at-home/

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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