Test Scores: To Submit or Not to Submit

Some of the most common questions I get asked from students, parents and counselors are the following:  “At what point should a student decide to not submit testing?”  Or “When will submitting testing help my chances?” In reality this decision is entirely up to you.  If you feel your testing says something about you and your abilities, feel free to send them along. We will look at them in conjunction with your transcript, your recommendations, essay and interview (if you have had one) and make our assessment.  If, on the other hand, you feel that your test scores do not represent you well, then do not hesitate to withhold them. We will not make any assumptions about your testing, and will focus our attention on your transcript and the other accompanying credentials that are contained in your application.

Holy Cross has always placed far greater weight on the academic experience of a candidate as demonstrated through the high school transcript then on a single test or combination of tests.  Our experience has shown that the rigor of a student’s program and overall academic performance can best illustrate commitment, motivation, and willingness to take on challenges.  Our process credits students who have achieved at a very high level in the classroom, with far less importance placed on testing.

So, submit or not to submit?  The choice is yours!

Ann McDermott
Director of Admissions