David J.’s Answer
You can have good grades but not so good SAT scores. Some colleges and universities are dropping SAT or ACT scores as requirements for admissions, looking more towards your high school grades. Like you, my standardized test-taking skills are not the best. The university I attended put minimal weight on my scores (and have dropped SATs altogether as a requirement now) and focused more on my high school grades.
Another option is to retake the SATs or possibly take the ACT to earn higher scores. You may also want to consider a community college if the college/university you want to attend requires SAT scores of a certain value. If you attend the community college for two years and earn your Associate's degree many institutions will not require or will waive SAT requirements with your degree.
David J. recommends the following next steps:
- Make a list of the colleges and universities you are interested in.
- Visit each institution's admissions site to see what is required for admission, including SAT or ACT scores as a required or not required, recommended, or not considered. Try to find out from the Admissions office how heavily SATs are weighted in the process.
- If the colleges and universities you want to attend require SAT or ACT scores higher than you scored then consider retaking the SATs, or take the ACTs, or attend a community college to earn an Associate's degree and then apply to the college or university as a transfer student.