The college investment is an enormous one financially, emotionally, and energetically. In terms of energy, parents understandably want to choose their spots when it comes to getting their children ready for college. And, they don’t like the battle required to get their student-children ready for the SATs. Many parents – not wanting to cause a challenge – are not enforcing the need to improve their scores.
This leads to very challenging consequences for parents who are not in position to send their children to private colleges or who are simply making the financial decision not to do so.
At state colleges – and here comes a surprise – all the subjective factors related to admission are not profoundly important. All those activities, the application, the essays etc. Each matter but not is a way that will lead to admission.
Grades are first but not by as much one would think and test scores are second. Nothing else – for normal applicants without a VIP, special talent, or underrepresented minority hook – matters in a profound way.
As such, it is worth the battle.
For most teens, taking a class or getting tutored will merely replace YouTube videos or hours of texting. For others, it may be that travel sports are gobbling up too much time. Regardless, the time is now for Connecticut high school juniors to get serious about test taking is now.