Sep 25

Test Optional: Easy In Or Alternative Path?

“Colleges are putting less emphasis on standardized test scores, but that doesn’t mean the same thing for every college….

High school performance also becomes more important in the decision process for students who don’t submit test scores—with a brighter spotlight on GPA. For a few Test Optional colleges, like George Mason University, only students with a 3.5 grade-point average and class rank in the top 20 percent can submit applications without test scores….

The rule of thumb on test-optional and merit aid is, there is no rule of thumb….

Test optional doesn’t necessarily make college admission easier for anyone involved. Easy isn’t what Test Optional is about. Test Optional is about providing an alternative path for students who don’t want the ACT or the SAT to speak for them….

Test Optional opens doors for students who don’t perform as well on standardized testing, but who are academically competitive and motivated to put together a strong application for admission.” Click here to read more.

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