The short answer? A lot. Of course they matter. If you want to get into the college of your choice with little to no problems, you need a good SAT score to make a good impression. Even so, scoring well on the SAT isn’t everything and there are other factors to consider when applying for college.
The college admissions process can be quite elaborate. And obviously you want to do it right so your application is considered appropriately and carries its full weight. But many students attempt to go through this alone. Parents can help but the process has likely changed a bit since they were in college. Bearing this in mind, here is a bit of guidance to get you started.
Getting ready to apply for college means evaluating each institution’s application requirements and seeing to it that you meet each and every one. In general, you won’t need to worry about taking the SAT subject tests. However, there are some universities that require it. Read the admissions info from each college you’re interested in from cover to cover long before you need to submit your application.
College admissions essays have been known to be a bit strange. The prompts are often quite esoteric. They might feel a bit random. Even so, it’s come to my attention that the essay questions are getting even more “out there” as the years go by.