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Question #12:
  • I have LD, am in all honors courses and have all A's. However my SAT scores are not as good. I have taken the SAT twice, and scored 1040 & 1010. Can I apply to colleges without reporting my scores? (courtesy Jennifer Schwam, Gladwyne, PA)
Answer #12:
  • There are some fine colleges which de-emphasize standardized testing and choose candidates on the basis of academic achievement and extracurricular accomplishments. Obviously, your particular learning difference makes it difficult for you to decide which information is correct on a standardized test. I do not know your specific diagnosis, but based on my experience, these are some of the questions you should ask yourself:
    • Do I need any accommodations regarding test taking?
    • Would I do better if I had extended time for test taking?
    • Would I do better if I had a reader?
    • Do I need help with time management?
    • Do I need help with anxiety management?
    When you apply to colleges, you would probably benefit from working with an independent consultant who could discuss your talents with college admissions officers and minimize your SAT scores. Don't worry! If you keep up your grades at the A level in Honors classes, many colleges will be delighted to offer you a place in the freshman class.
    Do not select your schools, however, by this criterion alone. Present yourself as a complete, productive package, and your SAT scores will fade into the background at schools that do not use automatic number cutoffs.
    Good Luck!
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