“Test Optional”: Do the SAT and ACT Still Matter?

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By Jim Treadway Since 53 colleges have gone “test-optional” during the quarantine, parents are asking if (and students are insisting!) the tests no longer matter. This post will give the low-down on what “test optional” really means – the forces behind it that aren’t being mentioned in media reporting on the SAT and ACT – and which type of student (probably you) the SAT and ACT will matter more than ever to. First:  What is the Real Story Behind “Test-Optional”? …