It’s hard to accept- but Labor Day is within sight- signtalling the end of summer break and the excitement of a new school year! Some students are already back at school. For our Seniors ’21– the College Application clock is ticking more loudly. If you haven’t yet started your college applications and essays or finalized your balanced college list– — all of these tasks should become a priority. Stress free and Strategic College Admissions Planning:
*** But COVID-19 has shifted many policies and impacted many students timeline on testsing. So please, don’t panic nor run out to hire a tutor to raise your scores just yet-as it’s highly likely you don’t need a score this admissions cycle.
I’ll also take a moment to answer two pressing questions about the SAT/ACT I know are on the minds of many seniors and even juniors (thinking about this year as their year of “testing”)
“Do I need to wait to submit my Common Application until after I take or submit my fall SAT/ACT exam scores?”
In my recent two-part series:
you can learn all about the content and key differences between the SAT and ACT exams. If you’re engaged in exam preparation with a tutor, it’s really important that your coach understand and customize your review to focus on the content that you need the most help mastering. If you’re approved for testing accommodations, your tutor should be incorporating these into the review process. Off-the-rack tutoring is a waste of time and money. If you need recommendations for review books, online programs or local tutors, please give me a shout out to discuss your learning style, your budget and your test score goals to coordinate how and when you’ll review for your SAT and ACT exams. One size does not fit everyone!
We can all agree that the College Admissions process is complex and your application will most certainly be evaluated on several comprehensive criteria. This was true pre-COVID and this year is certainly quite unique. Given the pandemic – most locations were on lock-down much of the spring leaving students — especially our Seniors ’21–without any viable testing centers or dates. There are now more than 800 selective and Accredited Colleges and Universities DE-EMPHASIZING ACT/SAT Scores This list can be found here at
Moreover- by all means if you have a great score- submit it officially, list it on your Common App and retain that score on your high school transcript.
Super Scoring and Score Choice options should relieve some of the stress over SAT/ACT scores. Many colleges “superscore” which means that your application is evaluated on a composite score based on the best sub-scores across different test dates. This list can be found here:
SENIORS (2021)- ARE YOU READY FOR COLLEGE APPLICATION SEASON AND WRITING YOUR COLLEGE ESSAYS?
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