More Colleges Making Admissions Tests Optional

act or satEven with recent changes to the ACT essay and the newly overhauled SAT, many colleges are admitting that standardized test scores are not as effective as other measures such as the application essay when admitting students. According to this article published in BloombergBusiness, 850 colleges across the United States now give students the option to apply without standardized test scores, and 145 colleges have a test-optional policy when applying.

Some schools are finding creative ways to replace the missing information. Franklin & Marshall College asks for a teacher-graded paper which gives a more accurate assessment of a student's writing than the SAT or ACT essay, and Wake Forest added compulsory applicant interviews. It is, however, unlikely that standardized tests will ever go away completely, and most students will still wind up taking either the ACT or SAT at some point during the application process.

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