At most colleges, students now have the option to submit or not submit SAT and ACT scores when applying. However, the relevant question is not “Can I apply without test scores?” The relevant question is: “Should I apply without test scores?” In every aspect of life, there is a wide gulf between what we can and probably should do. So what should most students do?
Better information tends to lead to better decision-making. Often this information is “knowing the rules.” A deep knowledge of them is often key for success in competitive aspects of life, including college admissions. So what are the rules and technicalities of SAT and ACT score reporting that students can use to their advantage?
To maximize your chances of a high SAT or ACT score, don’t prep for a test date, prep for a test score. Sometimes preparing for a specific test date is unavoidable (such as when a student has one last test before early application deadlines in senior year). But, I’ll explain why preparing for a score increases a student’s chances of hitting that score goal and what a student should do if they must prep for a specific test date.
Interviews. They can be one of the most intimidating situations an adult faces, second only to public speaking, perhaps! The pressure of making a positive impression and personal connection with a complete stranger, while deftly responding to questions about your qualifications, strengths, and weaknesses, is enough to cause any mature professional to break into a cold sweat. Now, imagine how a child would feel in a similar situation!