Dartmouth College recently became the first Ivy League school to reactivate its SAT/ACT requirement for applicants, saying that standardized test results help admissions officers to notice promising students from less-resourced backgrounds who “might otherwise be missed in a test-optional environment.”
Although a number of selective universities have adopted test-optional admissions policies to achieve greater racial and socioeconomic diversity among their students, some experts are questioning whether the approach creates unnecessary blind spots.
New research shows that college applicants are selective in deciding when to submit standardized test results to schools that don’t require them, opting to withhold low scores and trusting that they will not be penalized.
A new survey examines how the COVID-19 pandemic affected college application activity, finding that test-optional policies were especially influential for students of color.
The nation’s largest four-year public college system said it will no longer consider applicants’ SAT and ACT scores in the admissions process. MIT, meanwhile, took a different tack.
The College Board has announced that the SAT will be fully digital for international students in spring 2023 and U.S. students in 2024, and will take just two hours to complete.
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.