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Two Smart Testing Questions to Ask at the SERF College Fair

The college admissions landscape is as complex as it has ever been, and the wide range of testing policies only serves to further complicate the process of applying to college. A college fair is a great opportunity to better understand colleges’ admissions policies.


Here are the two most important testing questions to ask:

Does your college require SAT or ACT scores? If not, what percentage of your admitted students submitted SAT or ACT scores?

Many colleges and universities are now test-optional, and it can be difficult to know whether it is worthwhile to submit test scores to a certain institution. Knowing the percentage of admitted students who submitted test scores can help you to determine if it is important for you to provide scores. Keep in mind that these numbers may vary depending on whether a student is applying early.


Will not submitting SAT or ACT scores affect my eligibility for merit scholarships?

Some test-optional colleges will still require test scores for merit scholarships. If you are considering applying to a college test optional, it is wise to confirm that you will still be eligible for all forms of financial aid available. Some merit scholarships have a GPA and test score requirement. Ask ahead to make sure you don’t miss out on any scholarship opportunities.

There is a wealth of information about colleges’ testing policies online, including score ranges of accepted students. Take the time to do your research before you actually apply, as you may find that it is strategic to submit your scores to some colleges but not to others.


Travis Minor is the Founder & Owner of Open Door Education, a local tutoring firm providing smart, patient, enthusiastic, and effective tutoring and test prep to students in middle school and high school. 

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