SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test):

The SAT is a standardised test widely used for college admissions.  It typically includes sections on Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.  The optional Essay section is available but may not be required by all colleges.  Scores range from 400 to 1600, combining Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math.

ACT (American College Testing):

The ACT is another standardised test used for college admissions.  It comprises sections on English, Math, Reading, and Science, with an optional Writing section. Scores range from 1 to 36 for each section, and the composite score is the average of these.

Test Preparation:

Many students opt for test preparation courses, tutoring, and self-study to enhance their performance.  Resources like practice exams, study guides, and online platforms can aid in preparation

Score Submission:

Students can choose which test scores to submit to colleges. Some institutions may allow ‘score choice’, enabling applicants to submit their best scores. Some colleges request to see all test scores for tests taken. Remember, each school is different. 

Holistic Admissions:

While test scores are essential, colleges mostly use a holistic approach, considering factors including exam results, extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation.

Test-Optional Policies:

Some colleges have adopted test-optional policies, allowing applicants to decide whether to submit test scores. Since the pandemic, this trend has gained momentum, emphasising a more comprehensive evaluation of an applicant's abilities.

Adaptive Changes:

Given the evolving landscape, test administrators may introduce changes to test formats or policies. Staying informed about updates from testing organisations is crucial.

It's advisable for students to research specific requirements for the colleges they are interested in and stay updated on any changes in testing policies. Additionally, considering the potential impact of extracurricular activities, essays, and recommendation letters is vital for a well-rounded college application.

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