On Test-Optional Policies in Admissions

Loyal readers of our college admissions blog know where we stand on test-optional admissions policies. In spite of what many admissions officers will tell you to the contrary, all else being equal, students with great SAT or ACT scores will always enjoy an advantage over students who choose not to … 

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The Value of Testing in Admissions

It likely will not surprise our readers to learn that neither the SAT or ACT is perfect. We can go on and on with their weaknesses — and how they perpetuate economic and racial discrimination. That being said, absent an objective alternative, we believe the SAT or ACT is necessary … 

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Revisionist History on Testing in Admissions

Talk about revisionist history! For decades, many folks claimed that the SAT and ACT unfairly advantaged the privileged. Their argument? High school students from families of means could receive tutoring for these exams. These folks, of course, were right. In spite of what College Board, the maker of the SAT, … 

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