Colleges throughout the U.S. have recently let admitting students choose to submit an SAT or ACT test score, and many colleges have decided to not accept any test scores at all. This choice is made to encourage diversity in their students, which also benefits the colleges.
From Smith College, one of the most prestigious women’s colleges, to the University of Chicago, one of the top ten universities in the U.S., there are hundreds of colleges that no longer require SAT or ACT scores to enroll. In her article on College Covered, Colleen Barrett, in “Why Highly Selective Schools Are Making the SAT and ACT Scores Optional,” notes, “Pitzer College in Claremont, California, says diversity rose by 58 percent,” and AXIOS explained that “19% of students in test optional schools were from underrepresented student populations.”
Institutions also benefit from this decision because they will become more competitive. When “only students who have the ‘right’ test scores are submitting them, the average goes up” explained Matt Baker, a college admissions consultant interviewed by Barrett. However, even though many colleges now do not use the SAT or ACT scores in their enrollment, these tests are not going anywhere. Barrett argues that the tests “allow colleges to compare students from schools across that country that vary wildly when it comes to academic rigor.”
Even though students may still have to face the horrific SAT and ACT, because of the recent success colleges have had with dropping the test score requirement in enrollment, this method of enrollment seems to be here to stay.
by Kevin Lee