Texas A&M and UT Have Announced They Will Be Test Optional for the Class of 2021
THE WOODLANDS, TX - First of all the BIG news: Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin are now test optional for the class of 2021! This is wonderful news for all of the stressed out students and parents. Here's some more info and frequently asked questions we've been getting.
Should I still take the test, now that many of my schools are test-optional? YES! Though many schools are test-optional for admission, merit scholarships at some of these same schools still depend on and/or require scores. Furthermore, there is NO downside to taking the test, and a high score could help you even more than it might in other years, because fewer students will have them. We're recommending everyone test if possible.
I heard the July ACT is cancelled. Many test sites are cancelling the July ACT. This is a site-by-site decision and official word from ACT isn't always on top of the latest developments, so I recommend contacting your test site for info.
When can I test? ACT has added multiple new testing dates--you can now test 9/12, 9/19, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24! The registration for these dates will open the last week of July. If you are taking the SAT, there is an SAT a month starting in August and they may well add more. We will keep you posted!
What should I be doing right now? This is a GREAT time to be working on college application essays and all the other pieces besides test scores. In a year like this, presentation, resume, and especially the essay matter more than ever to help students stand out and gain admission to the schools of their choice.
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