The SAT’s Past and Future

Curious about the history of the SAT? Or about how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped The College Board’s business model? There’s an outstanding piece in The New Yorker by Eren Orbey that shines a lantern on how the ubiquitous standardized test has changed since its inception (and particularly over these … 

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Age Bias on SAT and ACT

Remember one of Malcolm Gladwell’s arguments in Outliers: The Story of Success that concerned hockey players? Up and down rosters, NHL players are much more likely to have been more in the months of January, February, or March than in October, November, or December? And remember why? In short, these … 

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MIT Reinstates SAT or ACT Requirement

In a bold move that sent shockwaves across the highly selective college admissions landscape, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced today that the school is reinstating its SAT/ACT requirement for admission. This will apply to future admissions cycles, including for next year’s applicants to the MIT Class of 2027. In … 

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Test-Optional Timelines

While it is our view that universities that have gone test-optional due to the pandemic will remain test-optional for many years to come, we thought we’d share with our readers an overall update on how long some of our nation’s highly selective universities have already stipulated they will remain test-optional. … 

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A Test-Optional Study

The Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a University of Maryland-led study that will examine the impact of America’s colleges going SAT/ACT-optional in admissions as well as their potential elimination down the road. The study’s authors, who say the study will likely take two years as they … 

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More Universities Extend Test-Optional Policies

Yale University and Princeton University recently extended their test-optional admissions policies through the fall of 2023, which means that all eight Ivy League schools will remain test-optional for at least another year. And the Ivies, of course, are not alone in extending their test-optional admissions policies among the highly selective … 

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Yale and Princeton Extend Test-Optional

Yale University and Princeton University, the last two holdouts, have joined the party in the Ivy League by extending their test-optional admisisons policies through at least fall of 2023. That’s right. Each and every one of the eight Ivy League schools — in addition to the vast majority of highly … 

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A Conflicted College Board Employee

Imagine if New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand served on the Board of Directors of Amazon as Amazon was considering setting up a second headquarters in Long Island City. Of course, that wouldn’t fly. Yet in the state known for two seminal sports movies of the ages, Hoosiers and Breaking Away, … 

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Many Students Rightly Don’t Believe Test-Optional Policies

America’s elite colleges are test-optional. Students need not submit test scores in order to apply. And, yes, some students can even earn admission without test scores. But as we’ve said all along, under test-optional admissions policies, students with great test scores will always enjoy an advantage over students with no … 

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