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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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.
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...