So, your SAT and ACT scores aren't where you want them to be. You have a decent GPA and a good essay, but you're not sure if you will go to college because of those test scores. You know that any good school is going to want a great test score, right? Well, there are more than 100 colleges and universities across the country who disagree with you. And one of them is the amazing University of Chicago, so you can stop judging a school by its SAT cut-off score right now.
You can also stop judging yourself by your test score. If you knew how many people have undiagnosed learning issues, like dyscalculia, dyslexia, or processing disorders, you would realize that these tests are not appropriate for all students. Test anxiety, General Anxiety Disorder, and clinical depression also have an affect on test-taking. Also, if you approach a standardized test the same way you approach a classroom test, you won't do well because they are very different types of tests. Colleges and universities know these things, too, which is why so many of them use a holistic application process (looking at more than just test scores or GPA).
Where are these magical schools? All over the country. This list ranks schools the top schools where test scores are optional are not required. This one lists 100 schools in alphabetical order. Check them out.