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Do colleges look more at standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) or GPA?

I'm a Sophomore in high school, and I was wondering if colleges focus more on your ACT/SAT scores or on your GPA?
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Ken’s Answer

Hi Angelina!


Colleges and future employers look at both very seriously as a means of determining the contribution that you can make as a successful student and employee. They both are looking at your ability to apply yourself and strive to do the best that you are able and perform well under pressure. They both are very important..


Thank you! Angelina P.

You are welcome. Best of luck. Let me know what happens next. I would like to follow your progress. Ken Simmons

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Christine’s Answer

In my experience with applying to colleges, they tend to focus mostly on your ACT/SAT scores. GPA is still looked at, but SAT scores are definitely the number one thing both Texas A&M and the University of Houston (the two schools I applied to) looked at.


Thank you for your answer! It was very helpful. Angelina P.

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Denise’s Answer

Hi Angelina,


I think you ask ask a great question. I think colleges actually look for a balance between standardized scores, your grades and extracurricular activities.


I wish you the best in all your future endeavors.

Denise recommends the following next steps:

Seek advice from your guidance counselor.
Check the admissions information for the college and universities of your choice.

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Sam’s Answer

Most colleges will look at different things and will value them differently based on how they plan to "shape" their classes. Test optional schools will most likely look at your GPA, level of coursework, and type of coursework. However, they may bounce your name against a database of test takers to see where you scored on an ACT/SAT. Other schools will factor interviews or portfolios. It really all depends on what school you plan to attend and shaping your high school experience to meet those requirements.


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