It seems like more and more colleges are going to test optional, leaving everyone asking the same question, “To take the test or not to.”
Before we begin, let’s understand the meaning of these terms.
What is Test Optional?
What is Test Blind?
Now that we know the difference between test optional and test blind the question still remains the same- To take the test or not to.” Let’s consider some points where it might be helpful to take the test.
Financial Aid and Scholarship
SAT and ACT scores are important as they are considered for financial aid and scholarships. Even though some colleges are test optional, they might consider the scores when giving merit scholarships, so taking the test might be helpful.
Colleges might reinstate Standardized Testing
Last year with COVID-19 lot of colleges decided to go test-optional but this might change, and as more and more students/families get the vaccine and schools and colleges begin to open up, they might reinstate the tests.
Test Scores might help in Admissions
As I said earlier, if you apply to a test optional school and submit your SAT/ACT test scores, they might look at it and you might have an upper hand over the applicant who did not submit the test score.
All Schools are not Test Optional or Test Blind
One must keep in mind that even though more and more colleges are going test optional there are plenty more that are not test optional or test blind. So to be on the safe side I would recommend preparing for the SAT or ACT unless you know exactly where you want to apply.
In recent years, some colleges have started to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for international students if they get a certain score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section of the SAT or the English and Reading sections of the ACT.