High GPA Low Test Scores

<p>My unweighted GPA is 3.85, and I am in the top 25% of my class.
However, my SAT/ACT scores are pretty mediocre compared to my performance in class.
SAT: 1500
ACT: 22
The two are almost equivalent. I just want to know if schools will look at my scores and just automatically reject me...even the schools I thought were going to be my safeties make me nervous: The schools I'm applying too:
Northeastern, Syracuse, Boston University, Rutgers, Penn State
I didn't have all the time in the world to study for the tests due to football and working, and this is the situation where I am in...</p>

<p>for the acts, I did not study/prepare for it at all...but I managed to do well; and I think many points were deducted because I wasn't able to finish due to the lack of understanding of the test itself..Timing being a big issue:</p>

<p>do you guys think I should practice (especially timing) and take the ACT again?</p>

<p>Get The Real ACT Prep Book; the practice tests in that book will help your score the most. Generally it seems like a high GPA with low test scores is better than vice versa (at least from what I've heard from people who were accepted with lower test scores), unless the schools you're applying to are pretty competitive. I have a 2.42 with a 31 ACT, but I feel like I'm going to have much more trouble getting in to my colleges of choice than if I had say a 4.0 with a 22 ACT.</p>

<p>Having a good GPA and a bad ACT/SAT score is waaaaaaaaaay better than the other way around. </p>

<p>Looking back, have you always had difficulty with this kind of test? If so, go sit down with your guidance counselor tomorrow, and talk about what that could mean. Maybe you need better exam-taking strategies, or maybe you have a so-far-unidentified learning disability that makes it hard for you to read as fast as you need to to get through these exams.</p>

<p>What is your home state? What can your family afford? You've applied to public schools in two different states. OOS schools generally do not offer financial aid to OOS applicants.</p>