“The SAT doesn’t matter on your applications,” say colleges like Bowdoin and Wake Forest, and they don’t require students to send those scores in with their applications.This sounds very liberal and forward-looking, but it turns out that both these schools, plus others, buy those test results from the College Board. The highest scoring high school students therefore have an advantage over the poor wuss who thought he could skip out on the SAT.My own Bard College, I’m happy to report, is test-optional and refrains from buying the test scores behind everyone’s back. Bard President Leon Botstein was actually interviewed for this Bloomberg article; he says the disingenuous schools “take a stance that looks principled but is strategic. They say ‘I’m going to show myself to be open,’ but in reality they’re completely buying into the definition of a good student that is guided by the test.”Two pieces of advice to all applicants: first, go ahead and take the stupid tests and do your level best to get a good score. A great SAT score won’t hurt you at a “test-optional” school. Second, don’t believe everything you hear.