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Is your teen thinking about a college entrance exams in 2022? Many of you are, but not everyone will have to take an admissions exam. What if your teen already has college credit- does that matter? Here is what you need to know if you’re trying to avoid college admissions exams.

Unlike exams that award college credit, college admissions exams are just tests to gain admission. Many colleges have stopped relying on standardized tests to make college admissions decisions. is an up-to-date list of all colleges that do not require tests for college admissions purposes.

QUESTION: If my teen earns college credit in high school, will they still need to take an admissions exam?

ANSWER: If the college you’re targeting requires incoming freshman to take an admissions exam, then probably yes. Teens that earn college credit in high school are still incoming freshman (people who earn college credit after high school can become transfer applicants), so you should expect your student to have to meet all the regular freshman application requirements. In addition to looking at the Fair test link above, know that most community colleges do NOT require admissions testing, and often students who earn an associate degree before transferring to a 4-year college may be exempt from an admissions exam.

QUESTION: Is it possible to go to college without taking an admissions exam?

ANSWER: Yes!! In fact, while many students will choose to take the test, if you’re in the other camp of not wanting to test, there is no shortage of colleges to choose from. Let’s run the numbers and options. There are a lot of different types of post-secondary (after high school) colleges and schools.

QUESTION: I know my teen won’t need an admissions exam. Should we do one anyway?

ANSWER: If you’re undecided, then you might want to consider it, but if you know they won’t need it, why would you take it? As a homeschooler, it may feel like “everyone” else takes these exams and your teen will be an outsider if they don’t do one. There are many ways to assure your teen can handle college-level learning, the most straight-forward of them is to simply begin earning college credit in high school. Knowing that your teen has a stockpile of college credit before they graduate high school will put your mind at ease and give them a good head start. Again, if you’re not sure, that’s a different question, but there is no reason to join the bandwagon when you don’t have to.

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Estimated Time2:003:002:45
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Essay/Writing TestOptionalOptionalOptional
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