New, Digital SAT is a College Board Marketing Ploy Not A Fairer, More Accurate Admission Tool

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for immediate release Tuesday, January 25, 2022

NEW, DIGITAL SAT IS A COLLEGE BOARD MARKETING PLOY

NOT A FAIRER, MORE ACCURATE ADMISSION TOOL

 

Shifting an unnecessary, biased, coachable, and poorly predictive multiple-choice exam that few schools currently require from pencil-and-paper delivery to an electronic format does not magically transform it into a more accurate, fairer or valid tool for assessing college readiness. Just as with previous versions of the "new improved SAT," the latest repackaging will not improve its overall value.

Though the College Board's announcement release runs to nearly 1,300 words, the terms "validity" and "fairness/equity" never appear in descriptions of the computerized exam, so there is not even a claim that that it will address the current test's critical flaws. Also unmentioned is the cost of the new test, despite the repeated "student friendly" marketing rhetoric.

The fact is that more than 1,815 bachelor-degree granting institutions do not require the SAT or ACT from applicants seeking fall 2022 entry (https://fairtest.org/university/optional), and more than 1,400 have already announced that they will be ACT/SAT-optional or test-blind/score-free for fall 2023 applicants (https://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Growth-Chronology.pdf).

More than five decades of experience with test-optional policies demonstrate that no SAT (or ACT, which is already offered in computer format) -- either pencil-and-paper or online -- is need to make admissions decisions that promote equity and academic quality.

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-  FairTest’s frequently updated directory of test-optional, 4-year schools is available free online at https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional-- sort geographically by clicking on “State”.

-   A chronology of schools dropping ACT/SAT requirements with details about the duration of those policies is at:http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Growth-Chronology.pdf

-  A sub-list of 86 campuses with test-blind, score-free or test-free policies (ACT/SAT results not considered if submitted): http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Test-Blind-Admissions-List.pdf