In light of testing uncertainty due to the Covid pandemic, including cancelled SAT and ACT test dates and testing center closures, more than half of US colleges and universities are now test-optional for 2020-2021, with some adopting permanent test-optional policies.
This week, we learned of more schools switching to test-blind admissions, a big change to college athletics, and some important changes to graduate programs. Reed College and Dickinson College joined the growing list of test-blind schools. A few UC campuses had previously decided to go test-blind for upcoming admissions cycles. However, a California judge recently […]
On September 15, Expert Admissions co-hosted a webinar entitled, “College Admissions + Testing Updates for Fall 2020.” The webinar provided tips for families of high school students embarking on the college application process as well as advice on standardized testing. The following updates and highlights were shared regarding to standardized testing: Students have been able […]
Test-optional admissions policies give applicants the choice whether to submit testing. Test-blind admissions policies do not consider scores at all. Test-flexible admissions policies require an applicant to send test scores but allow them to submit other standardized test scores in lieu of the SAT or ACT (think 3 Subject Tests instead of the SAT or ACT).
This week’s college admissions news was again dominated by the impact of Covid on college and university campuses, though some changes to application processes (we’re looking at you, Brown and ASU) and spring semesters (Carnegie Mellon) are already underway. Northeastern University dismissed 11 first-year students and is keeping their tuition after they clearly violated safety protocols […]
Thousands of schools across the country have moved to test-optional admissions for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, given the struggle students have had registering and actually sitting — safely — for exams. A few schools have gone a step further and have moved to test-blind admissions.
This week, a judge ruled the UC system cannot use test scores, college is now everywhere, Covid continues to disrupt fall plans, and another school went test-blind. A California judge ruled that the UC system cannot use SAT or ACT scores in admissions this cycle because they would disadvantage low-income students and students with disabilities. […]
This week we’ve got one college eliminating testing altogether and another adding a supplemental essay. We also got some updates about tuition reductions for those learning remotely and the fate of fall sports (and beyond). The University of Miami will have a supplemental essay question for the first time starting this year. In testing news, Reed College tweeted they will be test-blind for […]