Taking a standardized test is no easy task, in fact, sitting in a classroom for multiple hours can be quite daunting. However, there are many benefits that can arise as a result of taking the ACT. Before making your decision, you should consider asking the test-optional college the following questions:
It is important to consider that the majority of students who apply to test optional schools still submit test scores with their application. While you are more than a score, submitting a test can strengthen your application by providing an additional indicator of your abilities and achievements. That said, the choice is not black and white. If you do not believe your scores are an accurate reflection of your abilities, don’t submit them. Remember, test optional policies are not consistent across schools. Researching individual admission requirements and talking to colleges about how they use test scores is key in determining whether to submit scores.
With each piece of information – GPA, extracurricular activities, volunteer hours, test scores, awards – you are giving colleges a complete picture of who you are.
Students with an ACT test score qualify for more scholarships. Even test-optional colleges often require a test score when awarding merit-based scholarships. Without an ACT score, you could be missing out on thousands of dollars in scholarship money.
Check out Bryan Contreras, Vice President of myOptions, discuss several student case studies that illustrate the ways colleges use ACT scores and four of the most important factors that should be considered prior to applying to college.
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