You’ve probably heard this before, but I’ll say it again: 10 points on the SAT (or, basically one question) isn’t going to make or break your college chances. Really.

Also: a mother recently told me that her son missed the cut off for merit aid (in other words thousands of dollars) by just 10 points.

So do SAT scores matter…?

Think of the old holy man who kept a piece of paper in each pocket.

One piece of paper read: “I am the dust of the earth.”

The other: “I am the reason God created the universe.”

In essence: the SAT matters a lot or help me write my essay

Or not at all.

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