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SAT is no longer required for college admission?

Ricky TranRicky Tran Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
I heard that the SAT's are no longer required for students in the years 2011 and above? is this true?
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Replies to: SAT is no longer required for college admission?

  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout Registered User Posts: 5,428 Senior Member
    Some colleges are SAT-optional - you can find a list at fairtest.org , but the vast majority of colleges will continue to require the SAT or ACT.
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471
  • aakaak Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    Probably the most prestigious college which does not consider SAT is Sarah Lawrence college.
  • MathLordMathLord Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    St. John's is more prestigious than Sarah Lawrence, and all you need to do to get in is write some essays and show that you have competence at school.
  • theGametheGame Registered User Posts: 1,321 Senior Member
    Bates and Connecticut are test optional too. As is F&M for local students.
  • wjhsxcwjhsxc Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    Wake Forest is SAT optional. I don't know how it compares to the other schools, but it is top 30.
  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout Registered User Posts: 5,428 Senior Member
    There are a growing number of test-optional colleges. Please refer to the list on Optional List | FairTest
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471
    Just remember that that list does include some quite decent colleges, but it also includes hundreds of colleges that are proprietary (admitting anyone who can pay) or explicitly open-admission (admitting anyone with any grade average, possibly including people who didn't complete high school).
  • MarathonMan88MarathonMan88 Registered User Posts: 1,321 Senior Member
    The list also includes selective colleges that are not test optional in any meaningful sense of the term. Connecticut College, which was mentioned above, has one of the most burdensome testing policies in the country, requiring the ACT or SAT Subject Tests and not accepting the SAT, the default first test for many students in the Northeast. And other schools make the list because they'll accept a battery of SAT Subject Tests instead of the SAT or ACT. That's a far cry from being truly test-optional.
  • washdcmomwashdcmom Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    Bowdoin College is the most selective of those schools--not Sarah Lawrence. B.accepts about 24% . SL about 44%.
  • MarathonMan88MarathonMan88 Registered User Posts: 1,321 Senior Member
    I think the above poster meant that Sarah Lawrence's policy is to not consider SAT scores at all. Bowdoin is test-optional, but test scores are integral to their admissions process. B. considers standardized test scores from students who submit them, and that's the vast majority of their applicant pool, more than 80% according to their former Dean of Admissions.

    More colleges move toward optional SATs - CNN.com
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471
    It's time for the FAQ pointing out that base acceptance rate is not all that makes a college "selective."


    It's NEVER a valid procedure to compare base acceptance rates alone to derive an inference about selectivity. That's because different pools of applicants apply to different colleges, based on their own estimates of their chances. I'll repost here an example I have posted earlier.

    If Podunk Community College started a more vigorous marketing campaign, and encouraged many more applications than it has received before, it might find that the number of applications submitted was far above its capacity to enroll students, and thus find, even taking into account less than 100 percent yield of admitted students who actually enroll, that it could not admit all applicants. If Podunk has a 10 percent yield, a new first-year class size of 1,000, and receives 200,000 applications, it might issue a press release, after it admits 10,000 applicants, saying "Podunk admission rate down to 5 percent, lower than any Ivy League college." But a thoughtful reader of that press release, even one who believes everything that Podunk reported, might still have genuine doubts that Podunk is more selective than Columbia, not to mention Harvard. Base acceptance rate is one interesting statistic about a college's annual admission cycle, but it is not the sole competent evidence about which college is most selective. Scholars of the college admission process have some genuine disagreements about how to show which college is most "selective," but NO ONE thinks that base acceptance rate is the last word on that subject.
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