College Testing UPDATE for Class of 2022

Dear Juniors and Parents,
What a week! Hoping you all are doing well and have survived trees falling, power and internet outages and crazy traffic. All we can do is to keep on trying and getting up and taking this one day at a time. The story of resiliency that you will all have to tell as students who kept on going in the midst of Covid, political turbulence, fire storms, wind storms and more is going to be memorable. Your stories continue to inspire me and I am so proud of all of you for persevering in your job to be a student and showing up every day that you can in spite of all the challenges that you are facing.

I have news for all students who are considering going straight to a 4 year college, specifically a CSU.
When I met with most of you in the fall (and some of your parents) I was hesitant to tell you to sign up for an SAT or ACT test. At this point there have been no SAT or ACT tests in SC County since last February and I wondered how our colleges would deal with you. I now have written proof from the CSUs that you will not need SAT or ACT scores to apply nor will they consider them for your admission. I have reprinted their latest update below and highlighted the SAT/ACT policies.

I am expecting the UCs to follow suit shortly and private colleges to also continue with test blind or test optional policies. Here's where you can check out your favorite schools updated policies: or you may want to review the Applying to College during Covid slide presentation that we sent out earlier this year.

What does this mean for you? Time to start building your college lists! And grades matter more than ever so keep on striving to do the best you can do. There is a slightly higher GPA requirement (2.5) But there are also more opportunities than ever before to go to your favorite colleges. As freshmen or transfer students, there will be increased opportunities in the next couple of years. Take advantage of it!
College Testing UPDATE for Class of 2022
Also my booking calendar has been reactivated. Apologies to those of you who were not able to get in. Please feel free to try again.
Hoping you all stay warm and safe and dry.
Leslie Burns
College, Career and Academic Counselor