With colleges and universities engaged in intense competition to recruit ever more talented and diverse students, test-optional policies become alluring.
—Jonathan P. Epstein, higher-education consultant
How do teenagers increase their chances of getting accepted to colleges, much less winning attractive awards if they bomb on the SAT and/or ACT?
That’s a question that haunts parents of bright, hardworking teenagers who don’t test well. Some poor test takers are slow readers. Others freeze when they are stuck in a room with a test booklet and sharpened No. 2 pencils. Some kids ace the reading section and stink on the math questions. Still others are handicapped by their high schools, which don’t prepare them as well as schools ...