SAT scores aren't the most important part of a college application (your academic record is), but aside from colleges that are test-optional , they can play a big role in a school's admissions decision. Mediocre scores aren't going to cut it at the country's most selective colleges and universities. This article provides information and links for figuring what scores you're likely to need for different schools. If the ACT is your better exam, realize that you can almost always use either exam. This ACT version of this article can help guide you.