Benefits of the SAT or ACT Even for Test-Optional Schools

As large in-person gatherings have come to a halt in the midst of COVID-19, SAT and ACT exams have also been put on pause. That means that many high school students who were scheduled to take these tests prior to applying to college have been caught in limbo. As a result of this and other factors, many schools have temporarily (or in some cases permanently) made submitting these test scores optional.

However, that does not necessarily mean that you should forego taking the SAT or ACT all together. There can still be benefits to preparing for and taking these exams even if the scores may not be required for admission.

It provides college and universities with even more information.

It’s often better to provide too much information than not enough. Even if the school does not require SAT or ACT scores, if you submit them anyway, it gives the admissions committee even more data to consider. A high SAT score may help make up for a lower GPA. Perhaps you did not do well in a class because of the content, the way it was taught, or other factors. Your SAT or ACT score can show your academic ability beyond just those grades.

In addition, you can compare your scores to previous requirements to see how you measure up. Are you applying to a school where you would normally fall into their average range for SAT or ACT scores? Are you at the upper end? The lower end? This can help you to gauge the competitiveness a bit and how you may stack up against what they’ve looked for in the past.

Scores may be used for merit-based financial aid or other scholarships.

Just because a college does not require SAT or ACT scores for admission does not mean this data is not used in other ways. Sometimes it is taken into consideration when it comes to merit-based financial aid that can help cut down on what you owe for school. Outside organizations may use test scores when they make decisions about who to award scholarships to as well. Having these results handy could open up more opportunities than you realized.

It helps you build a stronger foundation.

In preparing to take the SAT or ACT exam, you’re reviewing a wealth of information that you have learned throughout your high school years (and even before). It can be a great opportunity to identify areas where you may have some weaknesses and take steps to strengthen them. You’ll be reinforcing concepts and skills that could prove valuable to have a solid grasp of before starting college. You never know what classes you’ll be taking and how you’ll be able to use that information.

Gearing up for the SAT or ACT can be great practice for college exams as well. Tests may be longer or more challenging than what you were used to in high school. Crafting Scholars offers baseline testing for both exams to see where your strengths and areas for improvement lay, as well as to help you determine which exam you may want to take. In addition, SAT prep and ACT prep courses are available so you can feel more prepared and confident when test day arrives to do your best work. Test prep courses are available both online and in person. Contact us today to learn more and sign up!