As things are moving quickly in the world of college admissions, we’re hearing a lot about colleges deciding to go test-optional, even if it’s just a temporary move. What do colleges mean when they say they are test-optional, and who benefits from a test-optional admission process?
Why do colleges go test-optional?
Colleges decide to go test-optional for different reasons. There are studies showing different data about what the SAT and ACT actually indicate, whether or not they correlate to students’ ability to succeed in college. Additionally, some studies indicate that the tests discriminate against different types of students. You may believe the tests show intelligence, and that a higher score means you’re smarter than someone who has a lower score, but that’s not necessarily how colleges interpret test scores.
When colleges announce a new test-optional policy, they may be attempting to level the playing field, to attract more students who don’t necessarily ...more