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We set a restriction early on they could not apply to a school where they were below the 50% of score averages. They had to be at the 50% mark or higher.
@amiable wrote: The only real restriction we put on our sons was that EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL on the final list had to be one that they would be willing to attend if that school's financial package was the best
so that they fully understood the required standardized tests for admissions are serious deals.
Our simple way of taking tests off the table, as deciding factors in their applications
their scores were above the 50% mark of even the very top Ivys, so they were good to apply anywhere.