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08/18/2020 at 03:21PM


Since I live in LA, and most of the testing centers are closed, will not submit my test score make it harder/hurt my chances of a top college accepting me?

Also, If I just started volunteering at a YMCA, and I am a senior now, will colleges still count it as community service hours even though I barely start?

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3 answers

08/18/2020 at 05:28PM

So for test optional no test means it isn’t evaluated if not submitted if it is submitted it is evaluated so no test scores will not hurt you directly but if Harvard gets an applicant that’s directly the same as you but has a 1570 SAT s/he’d likely be picked over you. So submitting a SAT provides a boost. Not submitting one doesn’t hurt you.

So it will not hurt you and with so many in your situation it will have no impact. In others years going test op would hurt you becuase more would submit a test score.

As for volunteering it’s perfectly fine to put it on even if you haven’t done all of it yet as in it ends in the spring but you submit your application in the winter. However as you are doing this senior year only it will not have a sizeable impact as AOs will likely believe you just did it for college admissions purposes. Though it is still a valid EC.

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!

08/18/2020 at 05:52PM

So many colleges have signed off on being test-optional and they understand the circumstances that prevent students from testing. So not having a test score will not hurt your application. That being said, a test score could help you and if you are compared with someone with a similar profile who has a high test score, then they will be a stronger applicant than you.

And volunteering and starting a new activity definitely counts. On the common app list the intended time commitment for your senior year and try your best to stick to that.

@DebaterMAX08/18/2020 at 05:59PM [edited]

@itsdogodown I don’t mean to be rude but if your answer is merely the exact same as an answer already posted comment your additional info not make a separate answer as it seems redundant. Also it seems that you are downvoting everyone’s post please only downvote if the answer itself is bad. Or merely not vote on the answer.

@DebaterMAX08/18/2020 at 06:00PM

If it’s not you doing the downvoting my apoligies and forgot I ever said anything. Thank you!

@Lebron08/18/2020 at 06:03PM

I'm sorry but I'm just trying to give my perspective on these questions. And it is not me who is down voting other peoples answers. I respect their opinions and views and only down vote if an answer is completely incorrect.

@DebaterMAX08/18/2020 at 06:08PM

My apologies for accusing you of downvoting but definitely give your prospective if it heavily overlaps with a already posted answer merely comment on it not post a new one. And the forum is a better place with the more people active. I tip my hat to you for being so active on it. 👍

@DebaterMAX08/18/2020 at 06:08PM

Again no offense intended

@DebaterMAX08/18/2020 at 10:22PM

Did you change your name?

08/18/2020 at 04:03PM

I'll answer the second question first; yes, the hours you put into volunteering should count as long as you put them into your application.

For the first question, not having a test score will hurt your chances, no doubt about that. However, you can input any other test scores that you have, for example, your PSAT score. Explain to the colleges that you were not able to take the SAT as planned, and that you would be open to alternative measures of showing how you would be a benefit to their college community.

I know this might seem confusing, so let me know if you have any questions. :)

@adri08/18/2020 at 10:20PM

it won't hurt... but it won't help. Having a test score will definitely boost chances. But, colleges understand what the pandemic has done, and especially in one of the hardest-hit cities in the country.