Illinois Passes Test-Optional Law

The state of Illinois has passed a law that requires its public universities and community colleges to not require testing in the admissions process from in-state applicants. That’s right. By order of the state, these schools must be test-optional going forward as they are legally prohibited from requiring either an … 

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Mind the Gap in Test Scores

Back in 2019, The College Board announced the creation of an SAT Adversity Index. The SAT Adversity Index was designed essentially in the hope of trying to level the playing field, to help underprivileged, often underrepresented minority students compete on the same playing field as their more affluent peers who … 

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Testing No Longer Required at Colorado Public Universities

Last week, we announced with great excitement that the state of Colorado, the Centennial State, had banned legacy preference in college admissions at the state’s public institutions. No longer would Colorado’s public universities be able to offer advantage to the progeny of a school’s alumni base in the admissions process. … 

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Another Blow to SAT and ACT

The SAT and ACT aren’t exactly having the greatest year. For years an important guest at the annual party that is elite college admissions, the tests barely made the invite list this past year. And they stood outside at the door for a long while, flashing their collective smiles in … 

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University of California Eliminates SAT and ACT

While the writing has been on the wall for some time, the University of California system is officially done with the SAT and ACT — at least until spring 2025. But that’s like breaking up and saying maybe we’ll get back together four years from now. It’s not going to … 

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ACT Section Retesting Is Off

Back in late 2019, a time that seems like eons ago, ACT, Inc., the maker of the ACT, announced that they would be unveiling individual section retesting of the exam. As the organization released to the public back then, beginning in September 2020, test-takers would have the option of retaking … 

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A Call for The College Board to Change Its AP Testing Policy

Back in January, The College Board announced the elimination of the SAT Subject Tests. The SAT Subject Tests had long been one of The College Board’s major lines of business but the organization, facing the toughest year it has faced in its history, saw the writing on the wall. With … 

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Admissions Leaders Are Conflicted

As longtime readers of our college admissions blog know well, we believe “test-optional” policies are essentially meaningless. These policies, as we’ve asserted over the years from atop our soapbox in admissions, are designed to ease restrictions on applicants and ultimately to encourage them to apply — even if they don’t … 

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The Truth Comes Out About Test-Optional Policies

Several months ago, there was a brouhaha on the National Association for College Admission Counseling email listserv. For those not familiar with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), it’s an organization that includes admissions officers, school counselors, and private college counselors. So what was the brouhaha all about, … 

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The Submission of Test Scores

In light of the vast majority of America’s universities choosing to go test-optional in admissions on account of the pandemic, did most college applicants submit test scores this year? The answer is no. According to data released from The Common Application, only 44% of applicants who used their platform, the … 

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