DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Having high standardized test scores combined with good grades is a good way to get into the college of your choice.

Now, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many schools throughout the country are no longer requiring tests such as the S.A.T. And A.C.T because of how difficult it is to find a testing site with the current state of the pandemic.

“Last year what we saw was that two-thirds of colleges didn’t require the standardized test scores for admissions in the fall,” CEO Of College Shortcuts, Neha Gupta said. “And now according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, we have seen that increase another 11%. So we are seeing that 76% of schools are still not requiring it.”

According to Gupta, students are having to drive upwards of three to four hours to the closest testing site.

Since it is difficult to take once, the likelihood of taking the test again sharply decreases, meaning students might not be able to get their best results.

If you believe removing this standard is bad, there have been studies done by the University of California Berkley, saying the test scores aren’t the best indicator for success.

“It is actually the GPA and consistency of the classes they took in high school to see how successful they will be all four years of high school into college,” said Gupta.

Now, instead of standardized test scores, colleges will be looking deeper into their applicants.

“Who are you as a person, what do you stand for, what is your personality. Because the truth is these are key indicators of what true success is,” said Gupta.

For any more information or assistance with applications, go online to College Shortcuts.