Death of the SAT and ACT?
Not yet, but it may be closer than you think.
Standardized tests do not measure receptivity to learning, creativity, empathy, perseverance, common sense, curiosity, communication skills, imagination, integrity, innovative intelligence, or work ethic, all attributes necessary to college success
During recent years, many American colleges dropped the SAT/ACT requirement. But University of Chicago’s decision drew special attention because of the college’s prestigious reputation and reputation for academic rigor.
Also, admissions leaders are well aware that the hyper-valuation of SAT and ACT scores discourages many qualified students from applying, including many learning different/learning disabled students who, historically, struggle with standardized tests but who could potentially be admitted, contribute to the college community, and succeed in college and beyond.
Finally, colleges are well aware that the majority of American guidance counselors, those high school officers who often know students best, wish that all colleges were test optional. Guidance counselors are often the people who are most aware of how disadvantages beyond a student’s control impact that student’s performance in school and on the SAT/ACT. Consequently, they often witness in a very personal way how the tests unfairly penalize poorer students, disadvantaged students, and female students.
So while it’s too early to sound the death knell of the SAT/ACT, it is widely held that University of Chicago’s decision will have an ongoing ripple effect and will influence more colleges to dump the SAT/ACT requirement in the near future.
And that will be a happy day.
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A partial list of SAT/ACT-optional colleges:
Bryn Mawr College
College of the Holy Cross
George Washington University
Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lawrence College
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Wake Forest University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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