College ‘Match’ means applying to schools where your grades and test scores make you a strong candidate to be offered admission. But, “What if my test scores are lower than required for the colleges to which I want to apply for admission?” For students with strong course taking, good grades, but low test scores, Test Optional Colleges and Universities may provide the best college matchOver 1,000 colleges and universities nationally have test optional admissions policies, the University of Chicago, the #3 ranked national university in the U.S., has become the latest high profile institution to become test optional. 

The disadvantage of low SAT or ACT scores can be overcome by applying for admission to institutions with test optional admissions policies that do not require submitting SAT or ACT test scores. However, students interested in applying for admission to test optional institutions must still meet the institution’s admissions standards.