You Can Only Afford 1 Test Sitting -- Should You Mention That in Your Essay?

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Here's the situation: You're just above the ACT (and SAT) fee waiver requirement limits but cannot afford the ACT registration fee. You decide that the only option is to take the free ACT offered by your high school. But you know what this means, right? You've got only one chance to get a good test score and will only be able to send in one test score to all your target schools.

Then you realize that you have the possibility to explain your situation to your target schools in the college application essay. But is this really the best idea? Not according to Sarah McGinty, author of “The College Application Essay" and founder of Boston-based McGinty Consulting Group.

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