The Fable of Test-Optional

Curious if students who submit test scores to test-optional schools enjoy an advantage over students who don’t submit test scores? In the words of the gatekeepers at many highly selective institutions, students who don’t submit scores to test-optional schools enjoy no such advantage. In fact, when we suggested in a … 

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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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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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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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