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Worried About Your SAT Scores?

By November 3, 2013

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If you're one of the thousands of students who took the SAT yesterday, it's likely to seem like a long wait before scores are available on November 21st. If you're worried about your performance on the exam, keep in mind that all of the country's most selective colleges and universities have holistic admissions. In other words, they look at the whole applicant, not just numerical data. You can partially compensate for less-than-ideal SAT scores with a strong academic record, a winning essay, good letters of recommendation and interesting extracurricular involvement.

Also remember that more and more colleges are going test-optional -- there are now about 850 4-year colleges and universities that do not require SAT or ACT scores. The test-optional schools include some excellent choices: Bowdoin, DePaul, Holy Cross, Mount Holyoke, Pitzer, Wake Forest, and many others.

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