Why Test Prep is Important for Every Type of Student

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College admissions officers review a lot of data when determining which applicants will be strolling onto their campuses in the fall. You're likely already doing your best to showcase your strengths with some of that material: Maintaining your high school GPA, doing prep work on your application essays and getting valuable work/volunteer experience. But while these things paint a pretty clear picture of who you are as a student (and as a person too!), many schools will also be looking at your standardized test scores.

Now, I tell students time and again that tests like the SAT and ACT are not indicators of your intelligence. Rather, these tests indicate solely how well you are able to take the test. That said, colleges continue to value these scores, which means you'll want to spend at least a little time ensuring they maintain — or boost! — the strength of the rest of your application.

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