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SAT/ACT Importance 2022
SAT/ACT Importance 2022

SAT/ACT Importance 2022

In “Harvard Extends Test-Optional Admissions Policy for Four Years” (New York Times, 16 Dec 2021), Anemona Hartocollis writes:

Harvard will not require SAT or ACT scores for admission through the next four years, extending a policy adopted during the coronavirus pandemic and adding fuel to the movement to permanently eliminate standardized test scores for admission to even the nation’s most selective schools.

The percentage of schools that do not require test scores has risen from about 45 percent before the pandemic to nearly 80 percent now, according to FairTest, or 1,815 of the 2,330 schools counted by the organization.

The University of California system made a final decision in November — after several years of debate — to end the use of standardized testing. The system, influential because of its huge size and prestigious campuses, including in Berkeley and Los Angeles, had been searching for an alternative exam, but ultimately decided that high school grades were a better way to evaluate students.

The University of Chicago went test-optional in 2018, before the pandemic, and has reported the admission of a more diverse class without a standardized testing requirement.

A vast majority of schools that are not requiring testing are “test-optional” rather than “test-blind,” meaning that if students choose to submit a test score, the school will look at it. Test scores are also frequently used in determining scholarship awards.”


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