It all sounds warm and fuzzy, the holistic evaluation of the candidate, and "you will not be penalized should you choose to submit an application without test scores."
But this is an inherently brutal process, eliminating up to 96-97% percent.
So how will it work in practice, when an AO compares two similarly accomplished candidates, one without test scores, and another with a score, let's say right in the middle of their acceptance range?
How about 75% range?
Will a "hypothetical" score be attached to a score-less candidate for comparison purposes?
Will an excellent test result seen just like any another academic accomplishment outside the classroom?
I realize some colleges have decades of experience in TO - but suddenly, almost every college will do that, with no learning curve... Do you expect a bias toward those who do submit scores, and only those with truly exceptional ECs and perfect grades will be seriously considered score-free? Otherwise, it would seem almost like penalizing those who went through all the trouble of testing this year.
I would love to hear from admission experts but of course everyone is welcome to chime in.