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Kelly Roell

You Don't Have to Take the SAT!

By March 28, 2009

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Ready to go to college, but not ready to pay for all the testing to get yourself into college?

If you've paid attention at all to the test prep movement, you know that taking the ACT or the SAT can add up to a lot of dollars spent. Just sitting for the SAT will cost you $45. The ACT plus writing costs $46. And those numbers do not include all the test prep materials you'll have to find to prepare yourself for those bad boys. Some sites, like this one, are free, but many other tutoring programs and online classes can really set you back.

Why not try another option?

Fairtest.org, has issued a list of 815 undergraduate schools in the U.S. that do not use ACT or SAT scores to admit "substantial numbers of students."

Granted, Harvard and Yale didn't make the list. But other top name schools did; Wake Forest University, smaller campuses of Texas A&M and the University of Michigan, and Bowdoin University are just a few of the many who have tossed their hats into that "fair testing" ring.

Of course, there are some caveats. Some of the schools do require testing for academic advisement or placement; others require the SAT or ACT for out-of-staters. And some of the schools listed require the tests for certain programs. But not one of the schools require a student to spend the cash and take the test before even looking at the student's application.

So if your wallet is a little thin these days and you're shopping around for a school, why not give one of these another look?

Photo © Flickr user Kevin Dooley


June 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm
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im a senior in high school and i missed ma chance to take the sat or act and i applied to cal state ,what should i do?

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