U.S. News & World Report’s new Best Colleges guide includes only slight adjustments to the way it weighs SAT and ACT performance, just as a new Common App study sheds light on who actually submitted scores last year.
Higher education organizations and experts are urging U.S. News & World Report to drop test scores from its “Best Colleges” calculations.
The content of students’ college application essays has an even stronger correlation to household income than SAT scores, according to a new working paper.
Bringing closure to an ongoing lawsuit, the University of California system has agreed to no longer consider SAT or ACT scores when making admissions and scholarship decisions.
As students weigh college admissions offers ahead of the May 1 decision deadline, early data indicate that the nation’s top schools could welcome an especially diverse class this year.
Admissions teams at the nation’s most selective institutions are facing uncharted territory this year as they attempt to review a record number of applications—many without test scores—to shape the Class of 2025.
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.
Many colleges and universities pivoted to digital recruitment tactics and test-optional admissions policies out of necessity this past year. But some admissions experts expect the changes to persist well beyond the pandemic.
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.
U.S. News & World Report recently published its annual college rankings list, adjusting its methodology to include graduate indebtedness and to slightly reduce the emphasis on SAT/ACT scores, high school class standing, and alumni giving rates.
A new report on standardized testing’s role in admissions decisions urges colleges and universities to use this moment of disruption as an opportunity to reconsider their SAT/ACT requirements for the long term.
More than 1,240 of the nation’s 2,330 bachelor’s degree-granting schools have said they will not require students to submit ACT/SAT scores when they apply for fall 2021 admission.