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?

Jane McClure
Partner McClure, Mailory & Baron Educational Counseling

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Jane McClure
Partner McClure, Mailory & Baron Educational Counseling

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Tiffany Fujioka
Regional Director of Admissions University of Pennsylvania

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Lily Trayes
Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

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Jenny Rickard
Chief Enrollment Officer Bryn Mawr

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Robert Franek
Author of The Best 373 Colleges The Princeton Review

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Jane McClure
Partner McClure, Mailory & Baron Educational Counseling

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

Here is my video response to the question.

Jane McClure
Partner McClure, Mailory & Baron Educational Counseling

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

Here is my video response to the question.

Suzan Reznick
Independent Educational Consultant The College Connection

The larger the school, the more that test scores will count!

Smaller schools can afford to read applications holistically as they have the time and manpower. That is why it is predominately the small liberal arts colleges that are "test-optional". When you are applying to large universities, they will be less impressed by your essays and your achievements and more focused on the key question. If accepted can you be a successful student on their campus? Grades are always the most important part of your application. After your grades, your high school curriculum is what matters. They consider very seriously how willing you were to challenge yourself by taking the most advanced classes available at your school. Your test scores are then the most important factor.

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.