The following is an excerpt from an article in Forbes on the importance of the SAT:
Despite all of this negative noise, standardized tests like the SAT still matter a lot to highly selective colleges. Two biggest reasons: 1) It is an effective way to screen out students when the number of applications is overwhelming (Stanford reported 42,000 applications for roughly 1,700 freshman in the Class of 2018), and 2) Colleges admissions offices care a great deal about popular rankings like U.S. News & World Report’s and tests like the SAT have a fairly significant weighting in the formula. For executives running admissions offices at top colleges, moving up on U.S. News list is almost always recognized by the Board of Trustees, and this can mean good things during bonus time.
The problem among some parents and many students is that they do not want this to be so. How can it be that a test matters more than years of activities? The reality is that other than for recruited athletes and some with truly exceptional stories relating to their activities the SAT (and ACT) matter more. How can it matter as much as two-three years of grades? The reality is that while 4 years of grades (or 3 to 3 and 1/3 when they apply) are more important, the SAT (and ACT) matter almost as much.
No need to argue with reality. It is what it is. Let us help your child excel.