I agree 100%. The ACT/SAT is the single most important component of the application. The RC's will tell you this. It is objective, and every kid is evaluated using the same measurement.MH2332, the value of the SAT scores cannot be stressed enough. You want to be in the zone between 25-75% for the test scores. You can find those stats on class profile pages and on the College Apps pages. You increase your odds just by being in that range. If you are a junior, I cannot stress enough the advantage of spending time doing SAT Prep (or ACT prep). The SAT Prep is now available free online through the College Board and Khan Academy. If your high school offers an SAT prep class, take it even if it means giving up a few Saturdays and week nights. Take it in the weeks leading up to the test for the maximum benefit. If you can get close to or cross 600 on each section, you will be well suited in the range. Taking the test multiple times will increase your scores. The academies superscore so there is no risk.