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As seen in the chart below representing a cross section of US colleges, test scores are one of the most important factors in college admission, right behind grades and strength of curriculum. Among the most competitive colleges, test scores are far more important. For private schools, scores on the ISEE and SSAT are just as important as grades and recommendations. When all other admission factors are in place, test scores can get you in or they can keep you out.

Factor Considerable Importance Moderate Importance Limited Importance No Importance
Grades in College Prep Courses 76.9% 12.5% 9.3% 1.4%
Grades in All Courses 77.1 13.8 6.4 2.8
Strength of Curriculum 51.8 35.3 7.3 5.5
Admission Test Scores (SAT, ACT) 54.3 27.9 13.7 4.1
Essay or Writing Sample 18.9 35.9 22.1 23.0
Counselor Recommendation 14.6 46.0 25.8 13.6
Student’s Demonstrated Interest 13.7 25.5 32.1 28.8
Teacher Recommendation 10.9 46.4 28.0 14.7
Class Rank 9.2 24.0 34.6 32.3
Subject Test Scores  (AP, IB) 6.9 30.6 30.6 31.9
Portfolio 6.2 5.7 27.6 60.5
Extracurricular Activities 7.9 36.0 36.9 19.2
SAT II Scores 2.4 6.1 21.2 70.3
Interview 4.7 17.4 31.9 46.0
State Graduation Exam Scores 1.9 7.6 21.9 68.6
Work 2.8 15.6 47.4 34.1

SOURCE: NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2016

 

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