You may have heard a lot about test optional schools and, at first glance, applying to these colleges and universities may seem to be a good deal for parents and students alike.
There’s one less (big) box to check off your college checklist, one less worry, one less fee…
It sounds great, right?
Not so fast! In today’s interview with college planning advisor Paul Hemphill, we discuss some of the hidden costs of applying without test scores at test optional schools.
To be fair, this is a controversial topic and there are many differing opinions on it.
That said, there is sound logic in the stance that Paul and I both take. It is worth hearing all of the facts before you make the testing decision for your student and this is the side of the argument that tends to get lost in the conversation.
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About Paul Hemphill
Paul Hemphill is an independent educational consultant at Planning for College. With a background in marketing, Paul takes a very unique approach to the college admissions process by helping students craft their brand.
Paul is a recognized expert in the field and has appeared on numerous television shows to share his wealth of knowledge about the college admissions process.
“When students opt not to send their SAT or ACT scores they are signaling to the college that they have something to hide. Not to submit them is really risking rejection”.
“If I can’t get a son or daughter in to at least one of their first 5 college choices I give the parents the money back that they paid me.”
“Colleges are going to do whatever it takes to get a student to go to their school.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Parents need to decide the exact dollar figure they can spend on college. For help use CollegeData.com and click on the “Net Price Calculator” tab.
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Attend one of Paul’s on-going webinars. Find it at Planning-For-College.com
Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and his 2nd Inaugural Speech*, Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonheoffer*, The Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis*
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