Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic altered the way students go to school and learn every day, but it has also impacted the college admissions process. In the past, an SAT/ACT score has been required in order for many students to apply to a college. However, amidst the pandemic, many colleges have announced that they are going test-optional. This means that students can submit a score if they have one, but they will not be penalized if they do not turn one in. Although this might provide some leniency for students, it is not a “free-pass” by any means. Many competitive applicants still feel obligated to take the test because a good score can still provide an advantage.