Important Testing Announcement
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things for our students. One of the major changes is to college applications and the use of standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) in this process.
While our Arizona public universities have been “test-optional” (students could choose to submit scores but weren’t required to do so) for many years, most of their scholarship programs and Honors Colleges were not. This has changed for the Class of 2021 and SAT/ACT scores are no longer required for these programs either. Here are some useful links to school-specific information:
ASU Scholarship Estimator | test scores no longer required
ASU Barrett Honors College | ”test blind” - will not use scores even if submitted
NAU Scholarships | test scores never needed for Lumberjack; no longer needed for others.
NAU Honors College | GPA, essay and resume listed as requirements
U Arizona Scholarships | test scores removed from chart
U Arizona Honors College | test scores “not considered”
For students applying out-of-state, the overwhelming majority of college admission offices and scholarship organizations have also removed their testing requirement. Instead, higher education institutions are sending the following message: if you happen to already have a test score from Spring 2020 that you think is a good representation of your ability, send it. If not, or if you have been unable to test, please do not risk yours or anyone else’s health to take an exam for us.
As a result, students without test scores will not be penalized, disadvantaged or have additional requirements to complete their applications. The list of colleges in this category can be found here. Please contact the appropriate admissions office directly if you have questions.
Important Testing Websites
We are pleased to introduce Naviance Student — a comprehensive website that you and your family can use to make plans about colleges, and careers. Naviance Student is linked with Naviance, a service that we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that’s specific to our school. Counselors will assist students in creating their Naviance account.
Naviance Student allows students AND parents to:
- Get involved in the planning and advising process — Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
- Research colleges — Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
- Research careers — Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments.
- Create plans for the future — Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare students for future college and career goals.
- Discover local and national scholarships — Built-in financial aid research tools allow you to find means to fund your post-secondary experience.