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How U.S. News Accounts for Test-Optional Colleges in Our Rankings

A school’s standing in the Best Colleges rankings can be affected if its entering students don’t all submit test scores.The methodology for the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings has long used entering students’ test scores as one way of measuring how schools compare in terms of their students’ academic prowess.
This reflects the reality that a substantial majority of U.S. colleges and universities accept the ACT orSAT as an indicator of academic quality and require the scores for admissions decisions. 
However, some four-year U.S. colleges are test-optional, meaning they do not require first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores for the purpose of admissions – the choice is left up to prospective students. There are other schools that do not use ACT or SAT scores in their admissions process at all.

Click here to continue reading about how rankings can be affected based on if your test scores are submitted.  Article written by Bob Morse. 

Contact Nadine Underbrink, M.Ed to discuss more about how scores can affect your application…



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