Colleges admit students based on Holistic admissions OR entrance exam and scores/grades. Which do you consider as fairer to students for Bachelors / Undergraduate college admissions? A holistic review usually involves reviewing all of the following: Rigor of academic coursework Any trends (up or down) over the course of your academic career Test scores including SAT/ACT, SAT Subject Tests, or AP/IB exams How your performance compared to others from your high school (i.e. class rank) What your counselor and teacher recommendations reveal Essays and short response answers Extracurricular activities Special talents and/or passions you possess Special circumstances like disabilities, illness, or family/financial situation Source Entrance exam or scores based admissions, as expected, rely on figures like scores in one or more entrance and other qualifying exams, class 12 grades and so on. Is one method better than the other? Discussion is about the time when 17-18 year old's apply to bachelor's or undergrad in India and other countries. .