Do elite colleges have any preference for ACT vs SAT?

By Maxine Seya

Do elite colleges have any preference for ACT vs SAT?

– Sima


Last week, we interviewed a test prep coach and mind master, Logan Thompson, who taught us that the most important thing about test prep is not figuring out which test elite colleges want to see. It’s about learning the skills to be mindful while taking the test.

If you’ve been reading the Skinny the last few weeks, you should’ve noticed that more and more schools are eliminating standardized tests as a requirement.

Just a few of our most recent headlines:

“Four more colleges just removed test scores from admission requirements. What are they saying about SATs and ACTs now?”

“Remember the SAT adversity score? The College Board is ditching it in favor of something else. What is it and why?”

“Here’s what happened to UChicago as a result of eliminating standardized test scores.”

The admissions landscape is changing. Standardized test requirements being one of them. The question to ask is not “which test do colleges prefer?” but “if my college even requires them, which one allows me to be the most mindful while taking it?”

Hi there.

No one spotlights the human stories of college admissions like we do.

But we're independent journalists who need support from readers like you.

Your subscription keeps us going -- completely ad-free.

Already a subscriber? Log in

Maxine Seya
Maxine Seya is a former investigative journalist, college consultant, and admissions interviewer. She studied at Peking University (Beijing, China) and Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier, France) and investigated for CNN and Huffington Post before graduating from Northwestern University. She founded SocratesPost to share the human stories behind the admission gates and offer parents clarity as they help their teens with college.