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On a scale of 1 to 10, how important are your SAT & ACT scores in determining admission into college?

I am a high school student (junior) and I attend a school based on engineering. Although I am a straight A's student and am involved in my community and school, I am a bit worried about my test scores. #graduates

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Hey Luis!

Test scores are a really finicky thing since people put so much emphasis on it but there's a ton of studies on how its actually a really low indication of success in the future. Case and point, Steve Jobs was terrible at school but look how he turned out. Based on admissions, I think different schools will put different emphasis on your test grades. For majority of Universities, you can think of your test score as the first entry point into a raffle. In order to be considered, you should at least meet a minimum score. Think of it as a minimum GPA to be considered for a job. You should be around there and if you are lower, your other stuff must be stellar in order to be considered.

In essence, just look what typical acceptances into the particular colleges you are applying for and aim to get a bit higher than that to make sure you are okay. That's how I would approach the SAT score.
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