College admissions officers look at a variety of criteria when evaluating your college application: your SAT or ACT score, your high school GPA, and your extracurricular activities. They also take a look at your high school transcript. But how important are your high school grades, in particular your junior year grades, for college admissions?
As the College Board and ACT, Inc cancel test after test due to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities are also canceling certain admission requirements; namely, the SAT or ACT score requirement. As more and more colleges are allowing for test-optional applications, where does that leave you? If you’re applying to colleges this fall, should you still take the ACT or SAT test?
Feeling stressed or nervous before a big test like the ACT or SAT is normal. Sometimes normal stress can become test anxiety: a physical, emotional reaction you cannot calm or control. The difference between stress or nerves and test anxiety is one’s ability to calm down and move on. There are a few mental and physical exercises you can perform to reduce test-day nerves and boost your confidence.