Should a Student Travel to Take the SAT?

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My daughter is stressed beyond stressed about the SAT. She took it once and got a 1370 but is aiming high (Vanderbilt, Northwestern, UVA, Georgetown, NYU, etc.) and wants to retake it. It keeps getting canceled in our state (Maryland) and so she is begging me to let her take it in Kentucky. We talked to someone who works at one of the colleges she's applying to who said basically "If your daughter doesn't submit a test score, that's fine. We are test-optional. But if every other applicant from her high school DOES submit a test score, we are going to wonder why she didn't, so she may want to submit a note saying why she isn't submitting test scores." This really stressed my daughter out. Should we let her take it in another state? This seems ridiculous.

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