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George Washington U. is Now Test-Optional


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  • ClarinetDad16ClarinetDad16 3303 replies119 threads Senior Member
    It's the schools that are trying to game the system:
    - Wake Forest
    - George Washington
    And some liberal arts colleges
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  • jym626jym626 57343 replies3007 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2015
    Plenty of schools are trying to increase their applications, lower their acceptance rate and push their "selectivity". If you mean by gaming the system that they are trying to raise their ranking in US news, thats a big "who cares".
    edited August 2015
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  • foosondaughterfoosondaughter 308 replies6 threads Member
    From their policy:
    [The approach] reflects the most current data analysis regarding the use of testing in admission....Students who feel their SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of their academic abilities are welcome to submit them for consideration.
    How phoney. This amounts to the school admissions people saying: "Save us from ourselves!" Any student with poor scores will no doubt feel they don't reflect their abilities; if the school feels this is often or even occasionally the case, why can't they choose to disregard scores for otherwise strong performers? Bottom line is they know that prospective students -- as well as ranking systems like US News -- look at the scores to assess the caliber of the student body. That measure (particularly the 25th percentile) will now be artificially higher.
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  • Zoomer17Zoomer17 1 replies0 threads New Member
    edited August 2015
    I couldn't agree more with your comment 314mom. With a dyslexic high school student preparing for the college application process, hopefully now her grades and achievements can speak for themselves versus worrying about the challenges of long test taking scores.
    edited August 2015
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  • koolkat25koolkat25 12 replies3 threads New Member
    Regardless of there hidden agenda, GW and other schools are finally realizing that the SAT and ACT does not reflect students' abilities in the classroom. It helps some, but not all. I have a friend who received an 1800 on the SAT, but has a 4.6 CUM GPA.
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  • NJDad65NJDad65 9 replies1 threads New Member
    Not every student with poor test scores can build a case that it doesn't reflect their abilities. You actually need good grades through four years of high school. Bottom line is some students do not do well with standardized tests and thus four years of high school within a classroom environment (just like college) is a better indicator of aptitude and ability. Not to mention the SAT keeps changing it's format (i.e. with writing/without writing) as they try to get it right...should this metric then carry so much weight in the admission process.

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  • proca12proca12 8 replies0 threads New Member
    Hi everyone! I applied EDII and was wondering if you guys sent in sat subject tests??
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  • NHufferNHuffer Forum Champion GWU 989 replies2 threads Forum Champion
    @proca12 I think more people will see your question if you post it as a new thread.
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