Here’s Why Students Should Still Take the SAT & ACT Exams

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The college admissions process is always changing, and one of its latest changes was sparked by the coronavirus; this global pandemic was a turning point for many institutions who, after seeing the impacts of the virus, decided to become test-optional.

As you recall from our previous lesson, schools that are test-option do not require their students to submit their SAT or ACT scores.

And given the latest trends, many parents and students are left wondering if their students should even bother to take these tests at all.

To which we advise, ABSOLUTELY YES!

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First of all we recommend you visit to find out if the colleges and universities in your list are test-optional.

As you can see, as of July 7, 2020 there are more than one thousand 300 universities that will not require their students to submit their SAT or ACT scores.

However, although this number continues to grow, as of today, odds are that a student’s list of 8 to 12 colleges will include at least one school that still requires these scores.

By taking these tests students are increasing the number of options of colleges they can apply to.

The second reason why we recommend students to take these standardized tests is because test-optional does not mean test-blind.

Meaning that if a student includes their scores in their college application, colleges will still take a look at them.

So, with this in mind, here is the strategy we recommend at Best College Aid: Since the SAT and ACT scores are not required, many students will not bother to take these tests at all.

If a student, however, prepares and performs well on these tests, submitting their scores will give them a competitive advantage over other applicants who have similar GPAs but who chose not to take the test.

If on the other hand, you do not perform as well as you would have hoped for, you can simply not send them in.

“Students should look at both the SAT & ACT Mid-Range Test Scores.”

Here is the most important part of this plan: Students should look at both the SAT and ACT MID-RANGE TEST SCORES of the schools they are applying to.

In order to do this, we recommend you visit the College Board’s website and type in the name of every school in your college list.

Now go ahead and select “Applying”. 

SAT and ACT Mid-Range Test Scores College Board

Then click “SAT and ACT scores”. 

Here you can alternate between the Mid-Range Test Scores for the SAT and ACT, and boom: you’ll be able to see a school’s average ACT and SAT scores.

SAT ACT Mid-Range Test Scores College Board

If you performed above the average, sending them in will act in your favor.

If your scores are well below it, including these in your application may act against you as it could lower your odds of acceptance and the odds of receiving academic scholarships.

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