Test-Optional Trend In College Admissions Examined


USA Today (7/7, Peligri) reports in depth on the growing trend of “test-optional” admission in higher education, in which colleges eliminate requirements for standardized test scores. The article focuses especially on Hampshire College in Massachusetts; the school’s dean of admissions, Meredith Twombly, said the requirement for ACT or SAT scores was eliminated because they were a “very poor predictor of success.” USA Today also examines the positive and negative aspects of test-optional policies; while it deprioritizes one test’s effect on a student’s future, it can also increase workloads for admissions officers and damage the school’s ranking with US News.