If schools are opening back up, does that mean we are going back to normal?
Well, if your definition of "normal" is high-stakes, stress-inducing, win-at-all-costs standardized tests, then definitely NOT.
The truth is, many colleges and universities will maintain their "test optional" policies even post-pandemic. This means that, for most schools, it is totally your (the student's) option to take or not take the SAT or ACT. And your (the student's) prerogative to send or not send test scores.
So why would you even take the SAT or ACT at this point?
As it turns out, even though we may never return to the old normal of test scores impacting admissions significantly, there is still a future for the SAT and ACT (at least in the short term).
First and foremost, the dust has not settled on this current admissions cycle. Many colleges are still navigating the test-optional waters and we may not know their final policies for another 12-18 months. And as schools open up, testing centers will too so more students will be able to take these tests in the next six months compared to last year.
Secondly, some experts predict that the SAT and ACT can remain a viable option for some students. For example, students with some GPA missteps may want to prove their college-readiness with an SAT or ACT score. More importantly, these tests may serve as ways for students to access merit aid and scholarships.
Since many students are considering all options, CROSSWALK is pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Test Prep Series starting March 16, 2021.
Join test prep expert Brooke Higgins and learn how to take advantage of this test optional moment with stress-free test prep. Classes are held remotely on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm pacific time for six weeks. Each class is a balance of both strategy and practice along with continual updates about the ever-evolving testing landscape.
Sign up right here. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
For more information, contact CROSSWALK here.
Since 2002. CROSSWALK Test Prep & Tutoring remains the Monterey Peninsula local resource for standardized test and academic support.