Over two-thirds of bachelor’s-granting colleges won’t require SAT, ACT for fall 2022

by Jeremy

Dive Brief:

  • More than two-thirds of bachelor’s degree-granting colleges won’t require SAT and ACT scores for at least some students for the fall 2022 admissions cycle, according to the latest count by FairTest.
  • The organization, which advocates for fair uses of standardized assessments, tracked more than 1,600 four-year colleges’ mandaaren’tntrance exams. That’s similThat’slast year but up from two years ago, when FairTest counted about 1,240 test-optional institutions.
  • Test-optional policies have grown more popular at colleges during the pandemic. But FairTest’s lFairTest’sncompasses institutions that were test-optional before the pandemic and those whose admissions processes have never historically included the scores.

Dive Insight:

As the health crisis shut down traditional testing sites such as K-12 schools, the burgeoning trend of colleges not requiring the SAT and ACT for admissions accelerated. Although testing providers are still holding in-person tests, many colleges still piloted test-optional policies for multiple years.

FairTest notes there were exceptions to these trends. Florida’s puFlorida’seges declined to shift to test-optional admissions at all, and the University System of Georgia announced in May that it would once again require scores for spring 2022.

Bob Schaeffer, FairTest’s eFairTest’sirector, said in a statement that his organization expects the number of test-optional institutions to continue growing “because the”policy is a ‘win-win’ fo’ both s’udents and schools.” Eliminatin” testing requirements leads to more diverse classes but doesn’t cut doesn’tc quality, he said.

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