How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

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How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

The importance of standardized test scores varies and it should be remembered they are just one of many components of each student's application. Most schools will review a student’s application in 2 parts: academics and then activities and everything else. SAT or ACT scores basically make up half of the academic component (the other half is GPA), so they are definitely important, but poor scores can always be balanced out by excellent performance in high school and extra-curriculars.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Test Score Significance

Within the application, standardized scores are just another aspect used in creating a profile of the applicant. While some schools may place more weight on them than others, there is a growing list of colleges who have become test optional. If there is a discrepancy between course grades and test scores, the school may be looking for an explanation in the additional information section of the application. Never leave it to the imagination of the committee, address the issue up front and take ownership for your work. High school grades have been found to be a better predictor of success in college, so focus on doing your best in class and you will be rewarded.

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

you can not get in without solid test scores for selective colleges

it really matters what type of schools you are applying, in general, selective colleges are very much focus on standardized test scores. it is the second most important evidences for the college to determine the successful rate of college graduation. other pieces of application such as transcript is the number fact in most cases.

Ellen erichards@ellened.com
Owner Ellen Richards Admissions Consulting

Test Scores just a piece of college admissions puzzle

According counsellors at Edmond School District high schools, most college admissions focus on more than just exam scores before deciding who to accept. Mountlake Terrance and Edmonds-Woodway high schools offer websites, facebook pages and bulletin boards exclusively listing resources to guide student. Students have access to: ? Dates for when colleges are visiting ? Dates of application deadlines ? Links to scholarships ? Information about apprenticeships and the military ? Events to help students draft college admissions essay ? Dates for college exam Schools offer: ? PSAT ? A practice test for the SAT (juniors & sophomores) Erika Spellman, school –work coordinator at mountlake Terrence High school advises students to plan to take the SAT or ACT at least once during the spring of their junior year so they have time to prepare to test once more during the fall of senior year. On the West Coast, most colleges favour a holistic approach when sorting through applications, the counsellors agreed. Test Scores just a piece of college admissions puzzle According counsellors at Edmond School District high schools, most college admissions focus on more than just exam scores before deciding who to accept. Mountlake Terrance and Edmonds-Woodway high schools offer websites, facebook pages and bulletin boards exclusively listing resources to guide student. Students have access to: ? Dates for when colleges are visiting ? Dates of application deadlines ? Links to scholarships ? Information about apprenticeships and the military ? Events to help students draft college admissions essay ? Dates for college exam Schools offer: ? PSAT ? A practice test for the SAT (juniors & sophomores) Erika Spellman, school –work coordinator at mountlake Terrence High school advises students to plan to take the SAT or ACT at least once during the spring of their junior year so they have time to prepare to test once more during the fall of senior year. On the West Coast, most colleges favour a holistic approach when sorting through applications, the counsellors agreed.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

It depends upon the college. It is true that scores are very, very important at some universities while other colleges use it as only one of many factors in the process.

Nina Sculler
Director College Prep

How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

That depends on the college. It is important that you ask that when visiting or interviewing at a school. There are schools that do not look at scores for the purpose of admissions. a list of these schools may be found online at www.fairtest.org.

Ted Skowron
Counselor Brophy College Preparatory

How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

The three biggest variables for admission are your course of studies (honors, A.P., I.B.), your grade point average, and your standardized test scores. After that, teacher recommendations, your personal statement, and activities come into consideration.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

That depends on the admissions criteria at each university or college - did you know there are over 15 categories? Students are presented this information when they work with our office!

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

The significance of standardized test scores varies from university to university. At the highest level, great standardized test scores may have less weight than you imagine (for example, students with perfect SAT scores are denied admission to Harvard). More broadly, most colleges and universities agree that academic performance in high school is a stronger prediction of academic success than standardized test scores. Standardized test scores enable colleges and universities to compare students from different high schools. This is particularly important given the high variability in course offerings and grading.

Alan Duesterhaus
CollegeFit

How important are standardized test scores compared to other pieces of the application?

It depends on the college or university. As a general rule the larger the institution the more weight is given to the SAT/ACT (as well as GPA). A smaller institution will typically focus on a student's activities, essay, and maybe an interview. Most colleges and universities will outline what they evaluate in their decision making process. So you should be able to get a sense as to the importance they place on standardized test scores. If you are concerned that your scores don't reflect your ability and/or potential look for colleges that make submission of standardized test scores optional.