Should students travel to take college admissions tests?

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Since the start of the pandemic, access to standardized tests used for college admissions has been limited. In some parts of the country where coronavirus case counts are low, SAT and ACT testing is available, leaving some wondering if they should travel to take these tests.

There are three reasons why Application Nation founder Sara Harberson discourages families from traveling to take the SAT or ACT.

"I still believe that a student does their best on standardized tests in a familiar environment, when they take the SAT or ACT at their high school or another testing site in their community," she said.

Harberson also said traveling for testing is unnecessary because most colleges are currently test-optional.