850 Colleges, Universities Are Test-Optional, Including 195 Top-Tier Schools

for further information:                                                                 

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

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for immediate release, Monday, September 28, 2015

AS STUDENTS PREP FOR OCTOBER 3 SAT,

MANY FEWER COLLEGES REQUIRE ADMISSIONS EXAM SCORES;

850 SCHOOLS ARE TEST-OPTIONAL AFTER SUMMER SURGE;

LIST INCLUDES 195 TOP-TIER COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES

 

Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of teenagers are getting ready for the first SAT administration of the academic year on Saturday, October 3. However, a new survey suggests that the time, money and anxiety families invest in preparing for that test may not be necessary.

According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), 850 U.S. colleges and universities now do not require all or many applicants to submit results from the SAT or rival ACT. More than 30 additional schools dropped admissions score mandates in the past year, including a record 13 during the summer of 2015.

FairTest Public Education Director Bob Schaeffer explained, “This is the fastest growth rate ever for test-optional policies. The surge took place in the face of planned revisions to the SAT and ACT. Clearly, more and more institutions recognize that no test – neither the SAT nor ACT, old or new – is needed for high quality admissions.” Schools eliminating or reducing test submission mandates over the past year include George Washington, The Catholic University, Drake, Allegheny and Sienna.

FairTest’s ACT/SAT-optional database is available at http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional. It includes 195 schools classified in the first tier of their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report. More than forty percent of the top 100 national liberal arts colleges have test-optional policies. 

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