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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Admissions 101: Using your SAT and ACT scores to pick a college

I would prefer to get rid of the SAT and the ACT and substitute a deeper and longer exam, as European countries do, for college admission. But the SAT and the ACT have their uses. They can help us see which colleges are most likely to accept us, and thus spare us wasted time and false hopes in the application process.

Most college guides note the mid-range of their students’ SAT scores for each part of the test. Why not compile a list of colleges whose mid-range includes your score and focus on those when writing your applications?

You can take a wild stab at a couple or schools out of your range, but keep your expectations in line. Is this idea not aspirational enough? Does it overlook some factor? Let me know in the comments below.

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