Should I take the SAT/ACT?

Yes. Many colleges, such as Brown, Dartmouth, Georgetown, MIT, Yale, U.T. Austin, and others, are reverting to requiring standardized tests as part of the admissions process. As these are prestigious institutions and leaders in education, we can expect other highly selective colleges to make the same decision in the coming days. Some universities choose to remain test-optional, meaning they do not require test scores but will accept and consider if applicants submit. 

Test scores showcase a student’s academic readiness for higher-level work and potential for success once admitted. Colleges value standardized tests because they are the only metric to compare students from different backgrounds. Based on our experience,  students with higher test scores have an increased advantage in admissions than students with no test scores.

Most schools allow students to choose whether to submit SAT or ACT scores. To know which one is right for you, take a practice test for both, compare your scores, and see which test is better suited to your strengths. If you’re intimidated by the SAT or ACT, enroll in our test prep program where we will teach you test-taking strategies and get access to numerous materials to help you build the skills and confidence to perform better on exam day. 

Additionally, the SAT has changed into a digital format which can be more challenging for some. Click here to learn more about the Digital SAT.