Seniors Should Submit Test Scores

Should current high school seniors be sitting and taking the SAT or ACT? If you ask Bruce Reed, a co-founder of a test-prep company, the answer is no. As Maya Goldman reports for The Wall Street Journal in a piece entitled “Covid-19 Is Making SAT, ACT Harder to Take,” “[Reed] … 

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More ACT Test Cancelations

Murphy’s Law holds that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Such was true this past Saturday as students across the country ventured out of their homes in the hope of taking the ACT. Many of these students would soon learn that their ACT testing centers were closed — … 

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UC Schools Developing New Admissions Test

A few months back when the University of California system announced the suspension of the standardized testing requirement for California residents, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced, “Today’s decision by the Board marks a significant change for the University’s undergraduate admissions. We are removing the ACT/SAT requirement for California … 

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Consideration of SAT or ACT at University of California Schools

Just months ago, the University of California’s Board of Regents waived the SAT / ACT testing requirement at the UC schools for the Classes of 2025 and 2026. They also announced that for the Classes of 2027 and 2028, the UC schools would no longer consider the submission of these … 

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NACAC Issues Report on Testing

The National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization to which we are a member, has published a report that essentially calls on colleges to reconsider testing requirements in the admissions process post-pandemic. You see, while so many elite universities have gone test-optional this year due to the pandemic, NACAC … 

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SAT Registration for Students with Disabilities

One of the core objectives of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog is to call out hypocrisies in the highly selective college admissions process and to speak truth to power when we feel it will benefit students and parents navigating the churning waters of the often stressful process. Today, we’d like … 

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Increased Testing Anxiety

As if standardized tests weren’t stressful enough, imagine taking the ACT not only anxious over getting a great score but fretting over whether the closest test-taker — who isn’t wearing a mask — is going to infect you with COVID-19. While many of America’s universities have gone test-optional for the … 

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Duke Goes Test-Optional for Class of 2025

Duke University has joined the ranks of test-optional schools for applicants to the Class of 2025. Like each of the eight Ivy League institutions and many other highly selective colleges, Duke will not require applicants to next year’s class to submit SAT or ACT scores. These changes — brought on … 

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