about 4,000 four-year colleges and universities in the u.s. alone. nearly 900 of those schools are test-optional. but two things to keep in mind. those schools will not require that you put in your sat or your act scores for academic admission, but many of those schools will ask for your sat and act scores later on when you're considered for scholarship dollars, financial aid, money that you don't have to pay back for school, so they may ask for those sat and act scores again. so when i'm guiding students i say that although the sat and the act are a chore, they are a navigable chore, but they are a chore, and they could still be used in the admissions process even for test-optional schools. >> all right, so let's say the school i want to apply to requires the sat or act. how can i tell which one is better for me? >> this is going to sound like a hard answer to get through our heads, but the truth is, that you should sit for a practice full-length sat and a practice full-length act. you can do that on websites, you can do it in offices, you can do it in any number of ways at home.
spread to schools all across the u.s. hi! - hi, thank you so much for having me on the show today. - it's great to have you. the school club you started is called ark, tell us about it. - yeah, so ark stands for the acts of random kindness club. ark is a student organization that strives to make high schools and their surrounding communities more positive, uplifting and optimistic. we do this by conducting uplifting campaigns and projects, because we truly believe that it's the little things in life that make a difference. - what lead you to start ark? - so in 2011, i was facing a lot of personal adversity in the form of depression and academic stress. and i went to a very large public high school and realized that many of my peers were going through their own types of adversities ranging from bullying to gang violence to drug abuse and i wanted to do something that not only maybe helped my own well being and uplifted myself but also uplifted those around me. so that's where the idea for ark started and my best friend and i, hannah pham, decided to start the club together. - those
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