In the Wall Street Journal, it’s noted that “more students are taking optional SAT and ACT, hoping to stand out”. So what does this mean? Well if you want to be competitive in the college admission process, you should probably take the SAT or ACT. It’s worth noting the testing requirement changes that have continued over the last 2 years, and that some colleges and universities remain test-optional while others stop requiring it as part of the admission application altogether. However, for many students, taking the SAT or ACT is highly recommended. If you’re considering not taking the SAT or ACT, here are 5 reasons you should take the SAT or ACT:
Reason 1: Colleges may reinstate the SAT & ACT
Colleges and universities could potentially update their testing policies for the next application season. This means the SAT or ACT may be required in order to be considered for admissions.
Reason 2: Qualifying for National Merit Awards
High scores on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT can qualify for National Merit Awards like tuition discounts.
Reason 3: Solid test scores may help a student stand out
With the number of applications skyrocketing, a solid score may help a student stand out among a large pool of applicants who may have a similar academic profile. Strong test scores can only help students' admission chances at test optional schools, especially when compared to students not submitting scores.
Reason 4: Provides unbiased data to prove readiness
Due to online learning, high schools have used varying policies to calculate GPAs. Solid test scores provide unbiased data to confirm a student's academic readiness for college.
Reason 5: Scores may be required for scholarships & more
Scores may be required for scholarships, special programs, and course placement.