Let Me Explain
The SAT and ACT are not the tests you think they are. I believe every student under-performs on these tests, whether they’re the school valedictorian or not.
It’s because kids treat the them like they do every other test by studying hard, memorizing stuff, and looking for right answers.
They don’t realize they’re studying unnecessary things, memorizing stuff that’s never going to be needed, and failing to understand that looking for wrong answers can sometimes be easier than hopelessly looking for the right one. And as a result, a student with an excellent GPA gets a score that’s far below what was expected.