Unlike Reed, several extremely selective colleges have said they will be “test optional” for the class or 2025 and that applicants who submit no standardized test scores “will not be disadvantaged.” A number of colleges at the level of Reed (including Stanford, Brown and Yale) have used these or similar words. Pomona, Carleton, Amherst, and Wesleyan are among the many small liberal arts colleges that also have made submission of standardized test scores “optional” at least for this year, although most of them have not clearly said there will be no penalty for choosing the no-submit option.
As a result of COVID-19, Reed has a new policy, which I believe has changed in the last few days.
Reed’s website now says:
"For the 2020-2021 academic year, Reed will accept self-reported test scores for the SAT and ACT. For those unable to take exams before the application deadline, the requirement will be waived. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns. "
What does this mean, exactly? Can you self-report an “official” practice test that you take at home?
Why is Reed giving more weight to the test scores (whether “self-reported” or officially reported) than top universities and selective liberal arts colleges?