Stop Guessing About Test Optional Admissions

With continued, widespread test optional admissions policies, where students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their college applications, inevitably, students, under the misconception that an acceptance letter is THE objective of college admissions, worry about unwittingly harming their admissions evaluation by either adding or excluding test scores from their application. 

With test-optional admissions, students are empowered to determine how to best demonstrate their aptitude, necessitating reflection of whether they demonstrate aptitude on standardized tests. Furthermore, while a student may deem their SAT or ACT test score worthy, the admissions officer may not believe the score is useful so may “opt” to not consider a reported test score anyways. 

Thus, prudent students (and their families) will consult objective counsel to deduce how SAT or ACT scores may add dimension to a student’s application as they refine their strategy for the college application process that is dawning before them.

For more information about how to both plan for and navigate the complex college admissions process in order to minimize the risk of educational malinvestment, check out Creative Marbles Consultancy.

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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