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Episode 49: A Guide to Standardized Testing

September 5, 2022

Standardized test scores are just one data point of many that college admissions committees consider. At some schools, like Bucknell, test-optional policies empower students to decide whether their SAT or ACT scores are included in their application at all. For other applicants, completing these tests is still essential step in the college admissions process.

In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we're providing some helpful info for students who will be taking tests like the SAT, ACT and AP Subject Tests as part of their college admissions journey. Topics include the merits and weaknesses of standardized tests, how to decide which tests to take, tips for studying and more.

Our guest is Ben Kavanaugh, associate director of admissions at Bucknell.

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Episode 49

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