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High school grades matter most in college admissions, report says

It’s a question high schoolers — and their parents — wrestle with: What’s most important on a college application? Grades or SAT/ACT scores?

The answer — at least according to a new study is: Grades.

Survey results released last week by the National Association for College Admission Counseling show that good grades and tough courses are the most important piece of the college application — more important than standardized test scores, demonstrated interest in attending a college or class rank.

In our house, the answer is: grades AND test scores are important; it’s not an either-or. (No stress for my high schooler at all!) But it’s interesting to see what the folks who look at college applications value the most; it could also be helpful to ease concerns of students who have a hard time with standardized tests.

The 2013 “State of College Admissions” also revealed that higher education enrollment has dropped for the first time in almost 20 years, NACAC reported.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling is made up of more than 13,000 secondary school counselors, independent counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers.

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