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With many schools being test optional, does this mean they can’t auto reject based on not meeting a certain threshold?

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With so many schools being test optional, how will schools know which students are “passed their academic threshold? How has the admissions processed changed this year compared to in the past?

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So the best way to think about this is academic capability is demonstrated through rigor GPA and test scores specifically the SAT and ACT. Now in a test-optional environment if you submit a test score everything is similar to previous years. Without it, there is increased reliance on the GPA and rigor. But there also is a tad more reliance on the holistic aspects such as essays and rec letters. Extracurriculars hasn't changed a lot in how much they impact but covid has impacted what sorts of ECs are doable.

I really hope this helps and feel free to comment if you'd like something clarified as Id be happy to help.

Have a great new year.

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1. Yes schools are test optional — but there are still a lot of students who end up submitting their standardized testing scores to these top universities.

2. This means that your GPA and teacher recommendations letters would play a larger influence on your application. For instance, the university would think that you are qualified f you have straight As etc...