ACT/SAT Scores: What Score Should I be Shooting for?

ACT/SAT Scores:

What ACT/SAT Scores should I be shooting for?

I get this question more frequently than I can count. Our kids and families have been indoctrinated into the thinking that “ACT/ SAT scores” mean everything, or that if they don’t get a specific score, their dreams have been shattered. That is the furthest thing from the truth. I hesitate to give a score because each student is different, what is in line with one student for the schools they want to apply to could be too low for another student. My philosophy is not to put your emphasis into that final number. After all, that’s all it is – a number. And just one part of a multi-layered college admissions process. What is important is to match a student’s credentials (GPA and test scores as an example) with schools that will be a good fit, not only academically but socially and financially as well.

To best serve my families and students is for me to be realistic and to treat the college admissions experience holistically, like treating the body, and not the symptom.

My advice to all of my students is to maximize your ACT/ SAT scores. A key direction to take to accomplish this is preparation and you can do this by receiving private tutoring or a prep class. Private tutoring will focus on your needs as an individual and a class will provide a broader education. Just prior to the test, get a good night’s sleep, eat well and stay in the mindset that “what will be, will be.” My mantra is “No regrets” in the end when you put down your deposit on the college of your choice. That you can look back and feel that you did your due diligence and know that you left no stone unturned.

What I’ve also found is that when a student asks what ACT/ SAT scores they should aim for, I know that just wondering about it, is all I need to hear. They are engaged, which is so important to the entire process. Stay in the game, find your best match colleges, follow the process and the rest will come.

If you have any questions about the college admissions process or the above information please do not hesitate to contact me at or by phone, 845.551.6946.