The Squeakers of College Admissions

The squeakers are getting the limelight. For those not familiar with college applicants we’ve termed squeakers, they are the students who applied to elite colleges this year sans test scores. These students either didn’t take the SAT or ACT or simply didn’t want to report their scores to institutions that … 

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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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The Submission of Test Scores

In light of the vast majority of America’s universities choosing to go test-optional in admissions on account of the pandemic, did most college applicants submit test scores this year? The answer is no. According to data released from The Common Application, only 44% of applicants who used their platform, the … 

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The Future of Test-Optional Policies

Loyal readers of our college admissions blog know that we believe test-optional policies, which were implemented at the vast majority of highly selective universities this year in response to test cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aren’t worth the paper they are written on. It is our unwavering position that, … 

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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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Test-Optional Means Diddly-Squat

In certain states in our union, wearing a mask in crowded stores is optional. Go to the mining town of Deadwood, South Dakota, the resting place of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill, and you’ll find few folks in masks. Heck, few folks there even have masks in their pockets — … 

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Test-Optional is Malarkey

When a school goes test-optional — as all the Ivy League schools did this year — it means that a student with great scores has no advantage over a student with no scores, right? Wrong. All else being equal, at highly selective colleges that have gone test-optional, a student with … 

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Seniors Should Submit Test Scores

Should current high school seniors be sitting and taking the SAT or ACT? If you ask Bruce Reed, a co-founder of a test-prep company, the answer is no. As Maya Goldman reports for The Wall Street Journal in a piece entitled “Covid-19 Is Making SAT, ACT Harder to Take,” “[Reed] … 

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NACAC Issues Report on Testing

The National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization to which we are a member, has published a report that essentially calls on colleges to reconsider testing requirements in the admissions process post-pandemic. You see, while so many elite universities have gone test-optional this year due to the pandemic, NACAC … 

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