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Colleges are ditching required admission tests over covid-19. Will they ever go back?

gibbygibby 10540 replies249 threads Senior Member
edited July 13 in Yale University
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/coronavirus-sat-act-admission/2020/06/15/18c406dc-acca-11ea-a9d9-a81c1a491c52_story.html
On Friday, Yale and Brown universities announced they would not require test scores from applicants for fall 2021. That echoed earlier one-year test-optional declarations from the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and Columbia universities, and Dartmouth College.

As of Friday afternoon, Harvard and Princeton universities were the lone Ivy holdouts.
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  • AKmathAKmath 70 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Probably not in my opinion. Many schools have already made the SAT/ACT optional and it's kind of becoming less popular every year. Honestly, I don't even really get the point of it. Your high school grades should be enough to see whether your qualified to do academically well in the institution. So I think the number of colleges who make the SAT/ACT will certainly skyrocket.
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6722 replies10 threads Senior Member
    For many of these schools, it'll depend on whether the faculty feels like admissions "chose right" after these students have been on campus for a while. Certainly, a lot of highly selectively schools have mastered this, some as long ago as 40 years! You can bet that the testing industry will work hard to to stay relevant though, whether it's for college admissions of assessing high schools.

    I suspect that post pandemic there will be a lot of things that are forever changed in a number of arenas, education being one. It's possible that recorded content, originally prepared for online classes, gets incorporated into schooling, for example.




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  • thomasryanthomasryan 1 replies0 threads New Member
    edited July 30
    The answer to your original question is NO. Universities are desperate to increase minority enrollment and to increase FTEs (more money) . As a result, undergrad. classes have become high school classes with little serious content and high grades.
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