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Do SAT's and ACT's Count Less Than They Used To?

Question: It appears that college admissions counselors are increasing the emphasis on high school GPA (adjusted for the quality of the HS program) and decreasing the emphasis on the SAT and ACT standardized tests. Is this just my impression or is it a trend?

Most admission officials will tell you that high school course selection and grades are far more critical than standardized tests scores. And, indeed, this is true... at least in theory. But therein lies the rub (and there always is one, isn't there?) At many colleges, applicant transcripts are so similar that test scores can often be a major tie-breaker.

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