Last Rites for College Admissions Tests?

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on college admissions testing requirements at universities across America with the UC schools the latest to move away from the ubiquitous tests. Some schools have chosen to go test-optional for the Class of 2025. Some schools have chosen to go test-optional in perpetuity. Some … 

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Elite Schools Still Want Test Scores

In a Wall Street Journal article about Cornell University’s decision to go test-optional for the Class of 2025, journalist Melissa Korn writes, “Some other Ivy League schools, including Princeton and Brown universities, have informed current high school juniors that they don’t expect students to take the ACT or SAT multiple … 

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Tufts University Goes Test-Optional

Tufts University has joined the ranks of test-optional universities — albeit not necessary on a permanent basis but rather for a period of three years. While there are many test-optional universities, there are not tons of highly selective test-optional universities like the University of Chicago, Middlebury College, Bates College, and … 

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Ivy Coach on Spectrum News

Ivy Coach’s Jayson Weingarten, a former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, was featured on television yesterday discussing all things standardized testing — from test-optional schools to new policies in the works from College Board and ACT and more. So what did Jayson have to say? Well, surprise surprise. He’s a … 

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Test Scores Matter Even at Test-Optional Schools

The test scores of applicants to test-optional colleges don’t matter, right? Wrong. Of course test scores matter to test-optional schools. Sure, the University of Chicago may have recently gone test-optional but you don’t think it’ll help a student’s case for admission to submit a perfect or near-perfect SAT or ACT … 

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College Board Attacks Test Optional Colleges

If you’re wondering the College Board’s position on test-optional colleges, we might suggest you follow the money. While the College Board is a not-for-profit organization, don’t think for a second that a not-for-profit isn’t driven by its bottom line — and College Board’s bottom line is quite high. Those $93 … 

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Colleges Dropping SAT Requirements

We’ve written extensively over the years about colleges that no longer require SAT, ACT, and/or SAT Subject Test scores, test-optional colleges as folks in the college admissions community like to call them. And we’ve shared with our readers the real reason certain colleges do choose to go test-optional, one articulated very … 

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Colleges Shifting to Test Optional

There is a piece up on “Bloomberg” today (oh Michael Bloomberg, won’t you please enter this presidential race?) by Sarah Grant entitled “Will the College Admissions Test Disappear?” that we figured we’d share with the readers of our college admissions blog. The answer, of course, is that the college admissions … 

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The Truth Behind Test-Optional

We came across a phenomenal piece of journalism on college admissions that we wanted to share with our loyal readers. It’s a piece written by Stephen Burd for “The Hechinger Report” and it’s entitled “The real reason that colleges go ‘test-optional.’” And if you are a regular reader of our college … 

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SAT or ACT Optional Schools

Since we just posted the news of George Washington University joining the ranks of the colleges that have gone test-optional (which means that they’re schools that don’t require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores), we figured we’d update the list of colleges that are test-optional. To be clear, there … 

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