Why Students Still Need to Take the SAT and ACT Even Though Some Colleges Temporarily Drop the Requirement
Even though some colleges are waiving the SAT/ACT requirement, SAT/ACT scores are still meaningful differentiators
But before you kick off your shoes and breathe a sigh of relief, read the fine print. Certainly, Cornell is not going to penalize anyone who, because of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus), is not able to take the SAT or ACT. But that doesn’t mean that your SAT and ACT test scores—if submitted—are negligible. In fact, according a recent article in the Cornell Daily Sun, “Despite waiving the [SAT/ACT] requirement, the undergraduate admissions office … said that standardized test scores could still be a ‘meaningful differentiator’ for students who live near or attend a school that will offer more testing this year or if students have not experienced a significant loss in income.”
What does this all boil down to? Even if the colleges and universities that you want to apply to waive the SAT and ACT requirement this year, you’re going to have a better chance of being admitted if you do submit your test scores.
Sorry; I know this is not a happy ending blog post. ):
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