Test scores are one of the criteria in the college admission process. Good GPA and extracurricular activities are vital for college admission. Many universities are test blind because of Covid. If you don't want to rely on test scores, then look into the colleges that are test blind. You can also look for the test-optional universities but test blind universities are a safer bet.
The test may also be useful to you in two other ways:
1) For personal development, it is a helpful resource for expanding your vocabulary, improving you writing skills and mastering basic computational skills needed in academia. If you are not interested in taking the test, you can consider it for this purpose.
2) It is also used in the application process for scholarships and grants. Although most colleges decided to forgo these tests because of COVID this year or in the future, some scholarship processes may or may not require this test for their processes. So do consider this possibility.
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You have some great information here! I would also like to comment test scores are not required for community college and therefore not factored in to admissions decisions. Because they are open admission institutions, test scores (ACT, PA Keystone, PSAT, SAT) are used solely for course placement. There are minimum scores needed to be placed into college-level classes, if the minimum is not met, you would then take a placement test to determine where you would start. If you’re concerned about your high school performance and/or scores, I would suggest checking out your local community college.
If you’re interested in a 4 year institution, you can see if your local institution has a partnership with your school of interest and work with a transfer counselor (either way) to select classes to transfer to the next institution.