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Results of Removing Standardized Test Scores From College Admissions

Jonathan Lash | Posted 09.24.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

You won't find our college in the U.S. News & Word Report "Best Colleges" rankings released this month. Last year Hampshire College decided not to accept SAT/ACT test scores from high school applicants seeking admission.

A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores) colleges and universities will be accepting the new SAT, but many have not yet decided whether they will continue to accept the old one. Oh boy!

Test-blind and Rigorous

Jonathan Lash | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

Not all good students are good test takers, particularly under stress, and taking a test that can grant you entry or deny you access can certainly be stressful.

Mission Is the Core Commitment

Jonathan Lash | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Jonathan Lash

Mission, rather than money, ought to be the basis for thoughtful decision-making as colleges recruit and enroll those students who will most benefit from studying within a school's particular academic model.

ACT? SAT? Subject Tests? No Tests? Holy Moly! Who Is Requiring What These Days?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.11.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

No college requires applicants to take both the SAT and ACT. Whether you need to take Subject Tests is a little more complicated; see below for the answer to that question.

Time to Dethrone the Standardized Test

Kyle Redford | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

Last week a study that raises questions about the value of standardized test scores as a predictor of college success was released. My hope is that the findings will launch a long-overdue cultural conversation about the "gatekeeper" role these tests play in the college admissions process.

Want to Get Into College? How Well Do You Think?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Bard College's new option allows a student to write four research papers from a list of 17 topics on the Bard website, and the topics are complete with the documentation you need to at least get started. Once submitted, if each one earns a professor's grade of B+ or higher, welcome to Bard.

Applying to College: No SAT or ACT Required?

Roger Ochoa | Posted 10.05.2013 | College
Roger Ochoa

In a move not unlike many of its contemporaries, Brandeis University has opted to pilot "test-flexibility," in which applications submitted after July 1st, 2013, will not be required to show standardized test scores. The school is not the first to make this move, nor will it be the last.

Why Students and Parents Need to Know the Latest Buzz About 'Test Optional' Colleges

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.15.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

An increasing number of colleges and universities now make standardized testing an option, not a requirement. That is, some colleges leave it to individual applicants to determine whether they wish to take the SAT I or ACT or Subject Tests, and then report the scores to schools.

800 Schools Don't Care About Your SATs

Posted 04.06.2015 | Education

A growing number of colleges are stepping away from the standardized exams traditionally required of admissions applicants. More than 800 colleges and...

Merit Scholarships, Test Optional Colleges, and One Way to Judge a Great College

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.30.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

You don't have to be a National Merit finalist to earn great college scholarships -- many colleges will offer big financial incentives to students based solely on grades and/or test scores.

11 Colleges That Do Not Require SAT Test Scores For Admission

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

More and more top universities have stopped requiring incoming students to submit SAT scores, according to Newsweek. Although the standardized test us...