It may seem like everywhere you look there are mentions of the ACT and how to prepare for it. While it may sometimes feel like overkill, there’s actually a very good reason why test prep is being pushed heavily.
Few parts of a college application cause more anxiety for students than the SAT and ACT. So much seems to ride on a single exam completed in a few hours on a Saturday morning.
But how much do SAT and ACT scores really matter in the admissions process? I asked the question of Corry Unis, Director of Admissions at Alfred University, and he replied:
Two weeks pass, and ACT scores should be posted by now. Your child, eager and frightened, logs on to the ACT website, feathers all in a ruffle, to find their composite score.
You watch their face, almost as eager as they are for the results. But your heart sinks down as their expression stiffens and eyes glaze—their score must not have been what they hoped for.