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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Northwestern Goes Test-Optional for Class of 2025

The dominoes continue to fall. Northwestern University has announced a change to its admissions policy for applicants to the Class of 2025: the school will be test-optional. Applicants will not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores, though they are free to do so if they wish. Northwestern, like … 

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Caltech Goes Test-Blind for Two Years

As our loyal readers know, we believe that test-optional policies aren’t worth the paper they are written on. So long as a university offers applicants an opportunity to present testing, these schools will consider the scores and students with great scores will always have an advantage over students who don’t … 

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Johns Hopkins Goes Test-Optional for Class of 2025

Johns Hopkins University will be test-optional for applicants to the Class of 2025. Joining a sea of highly selective institutions waiving testing requirements due to all the testing cancelations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, JHU will not require next year’s batch of applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. The … 

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UVA Scraps Testing for Class of 2025

The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, has declared its independence from College Board and ACT for applicants to the Class of 2025. Well, sort of. The school has, like many of our nation’s elite universities, decided to go test-optional for next year’s batch of applicants — as in … 

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College Board Scraps At-Home SAT Testing

Men and women plan, God laughs. It seems to be the theme of this year of our still young century. And the plans of folks involved in the college admissions process have certainly not been spared. Today, College Board, the maker of the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, has announced … 

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Politics Surrounding UC Decision to Drop SAT and ACT

The University of California’s recent decision to end the consideration of SAT and ACT scores in its admissions process, a decision the UC Board of Regents reached unanimously, made big waves in the world of highly selective college admissions. The UC schools, after all, are a major customer of College … 

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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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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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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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