Yale Drops Essay Requirement for SAT and ACT

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Yale will no longer require applicants to submit an SAT or ACT essay score.

Yale University has joined a growing list of universities across America that no longer requires the essay portion of the SAT or ACT. Yale joins such elite institutions as Harvard University and Dartmouth College. In a statement regarding no longer requiring the essay portion of the SAT or ACT of applicants, Yale’s admissions office wrote, “We hope this will enable more students who participate in school-day administrations of the SAT or ACT to apply to Yale without needing to register for an additional test.”

Yale Applicants Should Still Submit SAT or ACT Essay Scores

But we know what our readers really want to know is…just because it’s no longer required, would it still be beneficial to submit an SAT or ACT essay score? You bet! When students are applying to colleges with acceptance rates below 10%, who cares that which is required? It’s not about submitting only that which is required. It’s about presenting the most impressive case for admission possible and, yes, if you don’t submit a great SAT or ACT essay score, it sure does raise a red flag.

Dropping the SAT or ACT Essay Encourages More Students to Apply

As Nick Anderson reports in a piece for “The Washington Post” entitled “Another big-name university drops SAT/ACT essay requirement,” “In the high school Class of 2017, about 1.7 million students took the SAT. Seventy percent of them — 1.2 million — took it with the essay. The essay version of the ACT — officially known as ACT with Writing — debuted in 2005. A little more than half of the 2 million ACT takers in the Class of 2017 used this option. The writing section adds 40 minutes to a test that otherwise takes about three hours. The essay option often means added expense for students. The main SAT fee is $46 without the essay and $60 with it. The ACT fee is also $46, or $62.50 with the writing portion. Both tests provide fee waivers to students in financial need.”

Dropping the SAT or ACT Essay Serves Yale’s Interests

So dropping the essay requirement of the SAT or ACT is another way in which admissions officers are making it easier for students to apply. After all, the more students who apply to a school in a given year, the lower the admit rate will be and the higher the school will invariably be ranked in “US News & World Report.” Every university — including Yale University — cares about its ranking. So dropping the essay requirement not only satisfies this objective but it also makes it (marginally) easier for lower income students to apply since it doesn’t cost as much to take the tests without the essay option.

What do our readers think of Yale’s decision to drop the SAT or ACT essay requirement? Let us know your thoughts on the subject by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!


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  • Tim Lewis says:

    Many students, particularly immigrants, are very poor writers. Since elite universities no longer care about academic rigor, but only about diversity, this decision makes perfect sense. This is part of a trend the end result of which will be to decrease the quality of top schools.

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