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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UMichigan’s Test-Optional Policy

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know all too well, we don’t believe “test-optional” policies are worth the paper they are written on. All else being equal, a student who doesn’t submit test scores just isn’t going to have the same chance at earning admission to a “test-optional” … 

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Zeroing in on Test-Optional

Ivy Coach is cited today on the pages of the University of Pennsylvania’s newspaper addressing so-called test-optional policies. As Leanna Tilitei reports for The Daily Pennsylvanian in a piece entitled “Experts worry that Penn’s test-optional application process will benefit wealthier students,” “‘We don’t believe test-optional policies are worth the paper … 

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Take Those Admissions Tests

During a year in which the vast majority of our nation’s highly selective colleges have gone test-optional, it likely doesn’t surprise any of our readers to know that we urge applicants to submit test scores anyway. This is the case unless of course a university forbids the submission of certain … 

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