Test-optional policies here to stay, ACT report suggests

Enrollment officials responding to an ACT survey indicated that they’re unlikely to return to test-required policies in the near term, although institutions whose test-optional policies were COVID-driven said the next few application cycles will be telling.

Common App sounds alarm about dip in first-gen, low-income applicants

New information from the Common Application offers another glimpse at the pandemic’s implications for equity in higher education, showing a decline in applicants who requested fee waivers and those who would be the first in their family to earn a college degree.

College Board says goodbye to SAT essay, subject tests

As more colleges and universities adopt test-optional admission policies, and the pandemic continues to limit testing sessions, the College Board has announced it is eliminating the essay and subject tests from its SAT exam.

Common App continues push to address access barriers

The Common App will remove questions thought to deter undocumented students from applying to college and will launch an artificial intelligence chatbot that guides students through the application process.