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.
Many students don't realize that professors are often the gatekeepers to a multitude of opportunities in college, and even after college. Therefore, how to make a positive impression on professors is critically important.
We rely on our universities to be on the cutting edge of academic excellence. Yet, our educational institutions are outsourcing to people in foreign countries something as fundamental to education as grading term papers and final exams.