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 submit scores — no matter what these schools’ press releases may explicitly say to the contrary. But the California Institute of Technology, a university that has in the past topped the US News & World Report rankings, didn’t recently announce a testing policy that isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Rather, Caltech recently announced a legitimate test-blind policy for the next two years: Caltech will not consider the submission of SAT or ACT scores. Previously, Caltech announced that the school would no longer require the submission of SAT Subject Test scores, beginning in the fall of 2021.
Caltech Will Not Consider SAT and ACT Scores for Two Years
As Caltech announced, “Caltech has enacted a two-year moratorium on both the requirement and consideration of SAT and ACT test scores as part of the undergraduate admissions process. This change, made in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on access to these exams for students across the country and globe, will be in effect for all first-year students applying to Caltech for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022…In addition to temporarily halting the SAT and ACT testing requirement, Caltech has also updated its testing requirements for international applicants. These students will now have the option to meet the English proficiency requirement through either the TOEFL or the Duolingo English Test. In addition, applicants will not be asked to pay for the submission of any exam results until they decide to matriculate at Caltech.”
A Salute to Caltech for Bucking the Trend
Ivy Coach salutes the California Institute of Technology and their admissions team for bucking the trend among highly selective universities and choosing to go not test-optional but rather test-blind for the next two years. Only time will tell if Caltech remains test-blind beyond this two year moratorium. But, as our loyal readers know, we’ve got a crystal ball at Ivy Coach — one that is highly accurate and even quoted on the pages of America’s oldest college newspaper — and our crystal ball hereby forecasts that Caltech will remain test-blind at the conclusion of this two year period.
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