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Facebook Live Recap: Standardized Tests

Standardized tests weigh heavily in the admissions process. That's why testing is a topic that's on everyone's minds. In my recent Facebook Live Q&A, I answered your questions and gave my insider advice on test prep, score reporting, test optional colleges, and more.

In case you missed it, here’s a recap with a list of some of the questions I answered and the full video of my session!

  • How early should a student start prepping for the SATs or ACTs?
  • Do you get better results working with a private tutor, taking a test prep class, or studying on your own?
  • Should a student prep for the PSATs?
  • What is the best way to choose which test to take?
  • Should a student take both the SAT and the ACT?
  • Can you cancel your ACT or SAT scores?
  • How do admissions officers view students who take standardized tests multiple times?
  • How do colleges know how many times a student takes standardized tests?
  • Should you take tests back-to-back or spread them out?
  • How do you know when a test score is high enough?
  • How does a student know if they should take a test with an essay or writing section?
  • How much weight is put on the essay section of the SAT or the writing section of the ACT?
  • What is Score Choice?
  • Why is it less common for colleges to super score the ACT?
  • Do students have to take Subject Tests?
  • If a student will be listing a major on their applications, should they take the Subject Test in that area?
  • How do admissions officers view students who don't take Subject Tests or withhold their scores?
  • Does a student have to send their AP scores?
  • What does "test optional" mean?
  • If you're only applying to test optional colleges, do you even need to take the SAT or ACT?
  • How do you know whether or not to send your standardized test scores to a test optional college?