Will the Covid-19 pandemic cause more reliance on essays over test scores for the Fall 2021 applicants?
As a senior, my concern has to do with the changes in application procedures for the Fall 2021 admissions. Since many schools are switching to test optional, will there be a higher reliance on essays or other areas when colleges admissions are reviewing applications?
Yes. colleges will place more weight on essays this admissions cycle. They will also place more weight on GPA, Rigor, ECS, Recommendations, Interview and Talent. But keep in mind Test Optional is not Test Blind so if you have high Test Scores, submit them because that will differentiate you from other equal candidates.
If you are applying fall 2021 then aren’t you a rising junior? If you are a senior then you are actually applying in a couple of months (end of 2020). Regardless, yes, test scores are becoming less important since not as many applicants will be able to take them- colleges have to treat them this way to maintain a fair competitive environment. If you have a good test score still submit it, but agreed the rest of your application really matters.
If you apply to a test optional school and dont submit SAT you likely get your rigor and gpa be more impactful. Essays maybe more impactful than ECs becuase of COVID but I kn ow nothing concrete.