NYU Goes Test-Optional for 2021-2022

In a surprise to no one, New York University has announced that it will extend its test-optional policy through next year’s admissions cycle for applicants to the Class of 2026. Of course, those applicants to NYU’s Class of 2026 who do have ACT or SAT scores are welcome to submit … 

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College Board Lays Off Employees

2020 was not a good year for The College Board, the maker of the SAT. In fact, with all the cancelations of SAT administrations due to the pandemic and all the colleges not requiring students to submit SAT or ACT scores, we’d argue it was College Board’s absolute worst year … 

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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Changes

Back in November, we reported that over a dozen parents filed suit against the Fairfax County Public Schools over its proposed changes to the admissions process at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. For those who don’t know, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, … 

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Praise for Georgetown’s Admissions Czar

Georgetown University’s admissions office deserves a special shout-out. You see, Georgetown’s longtime admissions czar, Charles Deacon, marches to the beat of his own drum. When admissions offices, decades ago, began notifying applicants of their decisions through online portals and email, Georgetown’s Deacon insisted on snail-mailing decisions. When other universities dropped … 

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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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