Dear College Counselor: Application Process

Q. What is considered a good SAT/ACT score?

A.“ Every student is like a puzzle, and the most important piece of each student’s puzzle is the student’s academic record. After that, all the other smaller pieces have their places: teacher’s recommendation, standardized testing, essays, and etc. When all these pieces fit in the right place, there will be a very clear picture of the student. However, if the academic record, which is supposed to be the biggest puzzle piece, is too small, and the testing piece is a lot bigger, then the puzzle does not fit right so that you don’t get a clear picture of who that student is. So when people ask me what a good score is, a good score is a score that fits in that section of a puzzle.

Most of the students who come to Blair, who have grade point averages of 5.0 and higher, usually have standardized testing scores that range anywhere from 1350-1550 on SAT, which is a fairly wide range. For most students with grade point average in the 4.0s, their SAT scores range from 1150-1350. So for most cases, standardized testing reflects the student’s academic achievement. When the scores match up, they fall within the range of what makes sense. However, keep in mind that the college administrators are much more interested in what your teachers say about you and what you say about yourself in the application than the standardized testing scores.”

Q. How can I impress a college admissions officer?

A. “Always remember that your voice is the voice that matters, not that of the writing coach, private consultant, or anyone else. The key to impress a college admissions officer goes back to the idea of puzzle pieces. Making sure that you can really own your applications and doing a good job on the supplement essays is also very important. It is on you to explain why that particular school makes sense to you. You don’t impress the college administrators by sending them big gifts. The best thing that you can do is to find your own advantages, and the only way to do this is to figure out your story here at Blair. It can be anything. That’s what we are here for.”

(Copyright 2019 Irene Jung)

Irene Jung

Irene Jung is a three-year junior from South Korea. As a writer, she hopes to deliver a variety of news to the Blair community.