Dear Eligibility Coach:
My son is being recruited by three schools that don’t require the SAT for admissions. He has text anxiety, so we haven’t registered him for the test. My son’s guidance counselor says he still has to take the SAT. Why?
There are over 830 four-year colleges that view the SAT as optional and therefore do not require students to present a score for admissions purposes. However, the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers both require a test score, either SAT or ACT, in order for a student-athlete to be certified to receive an athletics scholarship to attend NCAA or NAIA Division I or II schools. So if your son is a student-athlete he will need to take the SAT in order to be certified to receive his athletics scholarship. No score = no scholarship.
Perhaps his guidance counselor or
your family doctor may recommend some ways to ease this test anxiety. Good luck.