Times are changing! California public universities, including the Universities of California and state colleges, are no longer accepting SAT or ACT scores. We're not talking about optional tests anymore; a student cannot enter scores into these applications at all. So if your child is only applying to California colleges, congratulations! You'll have no costs associated with testing and they will have no studying for it. If your child is planning on applying to private schools, though - where they are eligible for scholarships and financial aid - I suggest that they seriously consider taking and submitting test scores for those colleges, whether they require testing or are test-optional.
What does test-optional mean? It means that your child may submit test scores, but are not required to. Many CA private colleges are going test-optional, sticking with a policy that started with the Covid-19 pandemic. Most public and private colleges across the nation either continue to require submission, or also fall into the category of test-optional. If your child's college(s) of choice are test-optional, they should plan to prepare well for and take the SAT or ACT. Doing so will give them a leg up on the competition, especially if they perform up to the level of or beyond average test scores for their dream colleges. And remember, admission to private colleges also means qualification for merit-based and need-based aid. The stakes are high!
Studying early and diligently must be a priority. Your children have worked hard for years in school. Don't let them throw that away by neglecting to study for one test! Total Student Support offers a comprehensive test preparation program that includes an initial consultation and analysis of practice test scores free of charge. If you decide to move forward, we will create a fully personalized program for your child based on their areas of strength and weakness on practice tests. It includes in-person meetings as well as individualized, targeted online homework. The program will change as your child progresses through it, based on their changing needs. You as parents are kept abreast of their improvement. Test prep doesn't have to be terrible! Sure, it's not fun to prepare, but working with Total Student Support guarantees as painless a process as possible.
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