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Ep. 32 | Does Test-Optional Hurt or Help?

What does "test-optional" mean, why are colleges adopting this policy, how does this affect students, should students just skip the SAT and ACT this year, and more...

Show Notes:

In today’s episode, I address the fast-changing “test-optional” policies being adopted by colleges and universities across the country - particularly in light of COVID-19. Why are so many colleges going “test-optional”? What are their motivations? How should this affect your child’s test-taking strategy, if at all? How will this affect admissions? Will this affect who gets merit scholarships? Is it a smart idea to skip the SAT or ACT this year? 

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:03:04 Why are so many colleges going test-optional?
0:04:00 What does test-optional mean?
0:04:35 Do test-optional schools consider test scores?
0:05:44 Not all test-optional policies are created equal
0:06:30 Various types of test-optional policies
0:09:00 When you should skip the SAT and ACT 
0:11:00 Why colleges would choose to go test-optional?
0:14:44 Which students win in a test-optional world?
0:16:50 No SAT or ACT score, no merit scholarship
0:17:35 What should a student do? 
0:18:30 Exact next steps

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