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Should you submit your ACT/SAT scores to a test-optional college?

With each passing year, more colleges choose to be "test-optional", opting for a more total, well-rounded approach to looking at a student. This creates the difficult decision of deciding whether or not to submit those test scores.

When deciding whether or not to submit your scores, consider the following factors:

  1. Strength of your scores: If your SAT or ACT scores are strong and align with the average scores of admitted students at the college, submitting them could strengthen your application.

  2. Balance of your application: Evaluate your overall application profile, including your GPA, extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation. If your test scores complement other strong aspects of your application, consider submitting them.

  3. College requirements: Some colleges may have specific requirements or recommendations regarding test score submission, even if they are test-optional. Check the college's admissions website or contact the admissions office to clarify their policies.

  4. Personal circumstances: Consider any personal circumstances that may have affected your test performance, such as limited access to test preparation resources or test anxiety. If you believe your scores do not accurately reflect your academic abilities, you may choose not to submit them.

  5. Application strategy: Reflect on your overall application strategy and whether submitting test scores aligns with your goals. If you believe your scores will strengthen your application and improve your chances of admission, it may be beneficial to submit them.

Ultimately, the decision to submit SAT or ACT scores to a test-optional college depends on your individual circumstances and preferences. Take the time to carefully weigh your options and choose the approach that best showcases your strengths as an applicant.

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