Parents and students worry about where they will be accepted. They are often confused by the statistics published in a variety of places about the grade point averages and standardized test scores related to who has been admitted to a particular college. Too often, they avoid applying to colleges where they could be accepted.
For most colleges, it is a myth that you have to have a specific gpa or standardized test score to be admitted. Most colleges look at the student in much more detail than that. Factors such as which school a student attends, the grading scale and the difficulty level of the courses that the student is taking are taken into account when looking at grade point averages. While standardized test scores are important, college admissions professionals say that grades are more reliable predictors of success.
Colleges also look at the application the student submits, his essay and his extracurricular and volunteer track record when considering a student. While gpa and test score data is helpful in determining how a student measures up to the average admitted student at a college, there is more to consider. Don't sell your student short over a test score. When concerned about competitiveness level of your child, talk to a professional who has the experience needed to provide a balanced view. Most importantly, don't allow your anxiety level to increase as the result of anecdotes from other families.