Busted Myth of the Week: You Have to Take the SAT and ACT to Get Into College

Barry Lenson

Do you have to take the SAT or the ACT before you can get into college?

Do you have to take the SAT or the ACT before you can get into college?

No, you don’t. A growing number of colleges and universities are “SAT and ACT optional,” meaning that they will consider applicants who have not taken either test.

For an up-to-date list of hundreds of test-optional schools, visit FairTest.org.  Some of the names on the list will probably surprise you – schools like Bennington College, Bryn Mawr College and Saint Lawrence University, to name only a few.

And of course, there is another way to start your college career without taking standardized tests. It is to take online college courses at StraighterLine, then transfer your credits to a Partner College. 

If you dislike standardized tests, this is good news for you. They are no longer a hurdle for thousands of students who don’t perform well on standardized tests.

We’ll bust another myth next week. Stay tuned!

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