The Impact of UC Schools Dropping SAT and ACT

Will more of America’s highly selective universities choose to drop the SAT and ACT as admissions requirements now that the University of California system has given these exams the cold shoulder? In an article published this week in The Daily Pennsylvanian, the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, we make … 

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Prepping for the SAT or ACT with an Individual Tutor

Recently, a father called in to us for ACT prep for his daughter, warning us in advance that her case was very curious and difficult. Apparently the man’s daughter had originally done a full practice test in both the SAT and ACT, and then chose to prepare for the ACT … 

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Last Rites for College Admissions Tests?

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on college admissions testing requirements at universities across America with the UC schools the latest to move away from the ubiquitous tests. Some schools have chosen to go test-optional for the Class of 2025. Some schools have chosen to go test-optional in perpetuity. Some … 

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International Students at Stanford

When President Trump won the 2016 election, many speculated that his America first, anti-immigration platform would lead to a significant drop in the number of international students at America’s universities. But our loyal readers may remember our crystal ball’s forecast at the time, one that foretold a drop in international … 

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Harvard Lines Up Defenders in Appeal

Back in October, Harvard University claimed victory in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case in which Harvard’s undergraduate admissions process was declared constitutional in spite of allegations the school discriminates against Asian American applicants. It was a landmark legal decision issued by Judge Allison Burroughs, but — … 

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How the Pandemic Will Change Colleges Forevermore

Once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides — as we cross our fingers and toes, hoping a vaccine comes out later this evening — we anticipate that some parts of the college experience will return to normal. We believe students will go back to learning in classrooms. We believe students will go … 

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University of California Drops SAT and ACT

In major college admissions news, the University of California system will end the consideration of SAT and ACT scores in its admissions process, a decision their Board of Regents reached unanimously. And just like that, College Board and ACT have all but lost a major customer. Several weeks ago, due … 

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Ivy League Test Requirements for Class of 2025

Testing requirements are quickly going out the window for next year’s batch of college applicants to the Class of 2025. Among the Ivy League institutions, SAT Subject Tests will be optional at seven of the eight schools, while the tests “will not be considered” at Yale University. For international students … 

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NYU Plans Fall Reopening

New York University, a university located in the epicenter of the world’s COVID-19 pandemic, has announced plans to hold in-person classes in the fall. No, you are not reading The Onion. It’s true. As many universities across the nation still grapple with how they can restore the in-person college experience … 

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Georgetown’s Handling of Gap Year Applications

Georgetown University is catching some flack for their handling of gap year requests from members of the incoming Class of 2025. In a Business Insider piece, one in which Ivy Coach is cited, Juliana Kaplan describes how Georgetown initially included language on its gap year application that stated “I don’t … 

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