Standardized tests have grown in importance over the last 10 to 15 years. As a result of this, students often feel pressured to do well on these tests. There are two standardized tests that are most commonly used in the college admissions process. One is the SAT, which is administered by the College Board. The other is the ACT, administered by the American College Testing program.
It is not uncommon for college applicants with high averages, great essays, and outstanding extracurricular activities to be declined admission by the college of their choice because of disappointing test scores. Some colleges with flexible admissions policies may weigh other factors in addition to testing scores. However, as the number of applicants at selective colleges grows each year, standardized test scores continue to be among the top factors used for admission purposes. Standardized test scores, in addition to being a factor in the admissions process, are also used for evaluation for scholarship purposes, including individual state scholarship programs.
As a result, it is beneficial for students to prepare well for their SAT and/or ACT tests. This is also true for AP exams. Thorough preparation can lead to better performance on the tests.
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