Test Optional

Matt Larriva
Sep 25, 2020

In early September, the UC system was barred from using SAT and ACT scores entirely. This is not to be confused with the UC’s earlier decision to intentionally phase out the use of SAT and ACT scores over a 4-year period; nor is…

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Kevin_O
Sep 01, 2020

The 2021 College Application Season is here and colleges across the country are beginning to release their supplemental essays.  Supplemental essays are used in addition to the longer Main Essay and provide applicants with opportunities to share additional information about…

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Kevin_O
Aug 10, 2020

How much is the SAT going to matter with elite universities (most of which are test optional now)? I heard from many that "test-optional" is just a PR move, and that good scores now will give you even more of…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 10, 2020

Will test-optional colleges take my ACT score into consideration if I don't have the ACT writing portion this year? The first part of your question asks: can I submit an ACT without the writing portion. This depends on the school.…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 29, 2020

What is meant by a well-rounded student when applying to any Ivy League school? You’re not understanding this cliche correctly. Ivy League universities don’t want well-rounded students they want well rounded student bodies. For a long period in the ‘80s and ‘90s there…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 07, 2020

The first part of your question asks: can I submit an ACT without the writing portion. This depends on the school. Many require the writing portion, but many do not. You will need to check with the specific schools to…

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Matt Larriva
Jun 08, 2020

Part I: Does "test optional" mean optional for me? We are all familiar with the difference between “optional” (it makes no difference whether you do or don’t) and “optional” (technically you can choose this, but you probably shouldn’t). You have…

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