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You are more than just a test score

How hard is it to get into Skidmore?

What SAT/ ACT scores do I need?

What is the average GPA of the incoming student?

The hardest thing about communicating with prospective students about college and Skidmore is discussing tests scores and grades. No, Skidmore is certainly not the easiest school to get accepted to but its important to note that the admissions counselors want more than good numbers. They understand that you are more than just a test score and grade. You are a teen with interests, passions, and even stressors.

I remember how stressful it was to be 16, to  deal with the everyday stresses of being 16 topped with the stress of the darn SATs and ACTs. And to test what? Intelligence? Debatable. Test taking skills? Sounds more like it. Back when I was in High School it seemed that most of the students who did extremely well were the students who had been getting SAT/ ACT tutoring for years. And let’s not get into how expensive that can be. I am not saying there is anything wrong with taking advantage of the opportunity to have a tutor or take classes on how to take the SATs and ACTs. I am also not saying that one should not study. I am just stressing that there is more than numbers and you shouldn’t pull your hair out when it comes to test scores and grades. Make sure to let that “more than numbers” part of you shine. Schools like Skidmore that recognize well rounded students make great students will take into consideration the classes you have taken (when looking over grades), the extra- curricular’s, and the “it” thing about you and taking the time to interview is the perfect opportunity for you to show off that “it” thing. So please do not freak out if you do not get as high of a grade or score as the person next you because what can be more important to schools are those things that you have proven to be passionate about.