“Throughout Cornerstone’s history, our students have consistently scored above the state and national average on their SAT,” said Jillian Cosgrove, director of student counseling. “This is a testament to our excellent curriculum and amazing teachers. Our students emerge from Cornerstone extremely strong writers, confident in their abilities, and ready for the challenges of college.”
Cornerstone Prep's 2016 SAT Score Comparsions
SAT and ACT scores are an important piece of the admission decision, but not the most important piece.
The SAT and ACT, however, are important instruments for colleges. They act as an equalizer of sorts between schools. Since each school’s academic program varies, making the GPA a somewhat arbitrary number, the SAT and ACT provide a nationally standardized benchmark. For this reason, test scores are an important factor in the college’s admission decision.
SAT and ACT scores factor more heavily in the admission policies of selective schools. These colleges may deny admission to an outstanding candidate who has lower than average comparative test scores. Why? These colleges have applications from students who are outstanding candidates and have correspondingly strong test scores. When considering admission to highly selective colleges, a difference of 50 points on the SAT could impact the admission decision.
The less selective colleges evaluate the SAT and ACT scores differently and will not make a decision based on a 50 point spread. Instead, they look at the SAT and ACT scores for red flags. Their definition of a strong test score is lower than that of a highly selective college, and they are more forgiving of a low test score if other factors such as GPA or leadership potential are strong. Additionally, if a student is a poor test-taker or has a learning disability that negatively impacts test scores, less selective colleges will be more inclined to place additional emphasis on admissions factors other than test scores.
Working with our teachers and Mrs. Cosgrove, your student can reach their full potential here at Cornerstone Prep. Our curriculum is designed to create independent learners who are prepared for college and life.
Our University-Model® allows each student to grow and the chance to become well-rounded in academics, the arts, and athletics. Our UM schedule permits quality family time in this increasingly harried world, as parents partner with the school to build within their children a firm foundation of academic excellence and Christian discipleship.