The Postmortem on SAT Subject Tests

The College Board asserted that they were eliminating SAT Subject Tests and the SAT essay to “streamline” the college admissions process and “simplify demands on students.” But Ivy Coach’s readers weren’t born yesterday and they don’t believe for a second that the folks at College Board eliminated these exams out … 

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Most Students Submit Test Scores

Earlier this year, we came under fire on a listserv of the National Association for College Admission Counseling — to which we are a member — for a quote we gave to The Daily Pennsylvanian, the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania. So what was the quote you ask? Wonder … 

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California Universities Should Take a Bow

If we had to pick one party responsible for all the blows suffered this year by The College Board, the maker of the SAT, AP Tests, and the now defunct SAT Subject Tests, as well by ACT, we’d look no further than the cluster of universities in the state of … 

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College Board’s Nonsense

A core objective of this college admissions blog is to debunk misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process and proudly speak truth to power. Today, we shall speak truth to David Coleman, the chief executive of The College Board, the not-for-profit company that reported a billion dollars in revenue … 

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SAT Subject Tests Are No More

In major breaking college admissions news, The College Board announced today the elimination of SAT Subject Tests in all disciplines as well as the elimination of the optional writing portion of the SAT. The SAT Subject Tests, previously known as the SAT II exams, have been a staple offering of … 

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Some Georgetown Students and Professors Rally Against Tests in Admissions

As our loyal readers know all too well, “test-optional” policies at universities mean about as much as a $50 gift card on a Black Friday purchase of $1,000 or more at a Five-and-Dime store. Who is purchasing $1,000 worth of goods at a Five-and-Dime? Sorry, we just had to vent … 

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Admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Over a dozen parents have filed a lawsuit against Fairfax County Public Schools over its proposed changes to the admissions process to its elite state-chartered magnet high school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Last month, Fairfax County Public Schools announced that it would be eliminating its standardized … 

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Last Rites for the SAT and ACT at UC Schools

The time really is up for the SAT and ACT at the University of California schools. In a Thursday ruling, a California state appeals court ruled — in a unanimous decision from through a three-judge panel — that SAT and ACT scores cannot be considered in the UC admissions process … 

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Our Dare to Test-Optional Colleges

All of the Ivy League schools went “test-optional” this year. So too did many other elite universities across America. Due to all the test cancelations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, these schools largely had no choice but to temporarily not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. But as … 

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Students Poke Holes in Test-Optional Policies

When two high school seniors can so easily poke holes in the notion that students who don’t submit test scores are at no disadvantage under “test-optional” admissions policies, it’s pretty clear the notion doesn’t pass the sniff test. And that’s precisely what went down in a recent article of The … 

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