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  • Writer's pictureMarcia Farias

Should you still take the SAT or the ACT?

With so many schools - most in the US actually - going test optional or even test blind, should you still register, prepare and take the SAT or the ACT?

In a previous post I explained that if you can take one of these two tests, you should take them, as long as you feel safe and they are being offered in your city. No need to board a plane and travel thousands of miles to test, but if you can take it in your city or in another close by location, do so.

Prepare for the exams and do your very best.

Standardized tests are still relevant. They can potentially help improve your chances of admission into your dream school if you score within the 50% percentile. They cannot do magic, but a good score does add another layer of information to your college application.

Besides, reading and writing scores can in some cases serve as a substitute for a language proficiency exam, such as the TOEFL, IELTS and DUOLINGO.

Finally, standardized test scores can be an asset in applications to select European universities.

And what about Brazilian standardized exams? Yes, the ENEM is used by some - although not all - colleges. So by all means offer up you ENEM scores if they are good!

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