If you are applying to U.S. colleges and universities, you should strongly consider taking the ACT or the SAT. Either the ACT or the SAT can be used for admission to most U.S. colleges and universities, and schools do not prefer one test over the other. Note that many schools now have Test Optional or Test Blind admissions policies, meaning they do not require ACT or SAT scores to apply. However, some of these policies have been put in place solely as a temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have further requirements if you choose not to submit test scores (e.g., you may be required to submit supplemental materials). Always check the individual school’s testing policy on the school’s website or by contacting the admissions office to be sure.
If you are concerned about your test performance, keep in mind that test scores are not the only way to demonstrate your credentials on a college application. Colleges and universities review all aspects of your application when making their admissions decisions. Your GPA and the rigor of the classes you take in high school, your application essays, your letters of recommendation, and all of your extracurricular activities will play a role in college admissions decisions. While your test scores may provide a quantitative measure of comparison, these other components can also help you stand out as an applicant.
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