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The SAT is coming back at some colleges. It's stressing everyone out.

A patchwork of admissions test policies is wreaking havoc on students, parents and college admissions consultants

A California mother drove 80 miles this month to find an SAT testing center with an open seat where her high school junior could take the exam. During college tours this spring, a teen recalled hearing some would-be applicants groan when admissions staffers announced they could not guarantee test-optional policies would continue.

And across the country, college counselors are fielding questions from teenagers alarmed, encouraged or simply confused by what seems like the return of the standardized test in admissions - maybe? Sort of? In some places, but not in others?

"You could be expecting and preparing for a certain way to apply to a college and present yourself - but then they change it mid-application process," said Kai Talbert, a 17-year-old high school junior in Pennsylvania. "That's really confusing. It can set back a lot of people."


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