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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, Second Edition by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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18. Ditching the Test

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 ...

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