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College Guidance Q & A

Larry receives numerous questions regarding college admissions from applicants and their families. Each week he will pick one question and share his response. Over the past two years, Larry has been asked how test optional policies will shape the admissions landscape.

Q: Given that colleges are going test optional, is it better to spend the time building up extracurriculars instead of preparing for the SAT?

A: I had a mentor who said that Time was the ultimate scarce commodity. Do you see the sense in that? If so, what you do with your time speaks to who you are. What you score on the SAT speaks to what you can score on the SAT.

But if “building up extracurriculars” was anything but an unfortunate choice of words, you are heading for failure. Just do what you are and do it as best you can.

If you have questions pertaining to college admissions or would like to learn more about our program, please contact Larry Blumenstyk at

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