What does that mean for your student?
Yesterday, the UNC System announced that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, that they would be changing admissions requirements after the cancellation of the SAT and ACT tests that were due to take place within the April and May timeframe. The specific changes that they announced?
Each individual university can now choose to admit students with a minimum 2.5 weighted high school GPA or a combined SAT score of 1010 or an ACT score of 19. Students are still required to submit a standardized test score with their application, unless they qualify for an exemption.
There are a few things wrong with this policy. It sounds good at first glance, right? Hey, my student can get into Chapel Hill based on GPA alone and not have to worry about SAT or ACT scores. That’s nonsense. Stacey and I have studied this for years, and we know that students who have high SAT and SAT test scores are going to be the first students evaluated.
Test scores are literally the first thing that colleges (and especially UNC) look at when an application comes in.
The stated reasons for doing this are to make the applications process “more accessible.” Notably, taking more applications does not mean that UNC is going to be allowing more students to attend!
Wake Forest for years has attracted students by being officially ‘test optional’ – what that means is that you can choose to submit a standardized test score or not, but those students who submit a high score are at a significant advantage.
So, your student has a tremendous opportunity right now. By prepping with a tutor and working diligently while other students are *not* working or assuming that their ‘all honors’ classes are going to get them into UNC, your student will have a huge advantage — with respect not only to admissions but also to scholarship opportunities.
Let’s put it this way. If you are a college admissions officer, are you going to admit the student with a 3.6 GPA and an 1110 on the SAT, or the student with a 3.4 GPA and a 1350 on the SAT? The choice is obvious. And while you’ve given the first student a chance to apply and evaluated them closely, the second student is going to be granted admission every single time.
Ed Colby, spokesman for ACT, Inc., told CNN that its scores are still widely being used in admissions and scholarship decisions and that while some schools were making “temporary adjustments to their admission criteria,” the organization is reminding both students and colleges alike that their scores still matter. Having a high score is still much better than not having one!
This is not a time to be asleep at the wheel, like so many other parents and students in the state. This is a time to get ahead of the competition and to make your student the best possible applicant that they can be. An investment in tutoring will pay off in better admissions choices and in scholarship offers. We see this happen again and again.
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