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Earlier this week the University of California system agreed to remove SAT and ACT test scores entirely from their admissions and financial aid process. This decision is the result of a court case that the UC schools lost and will affect all nine UC campuses across the state of California.

No More SAT or ACT at University of California Schools

May 20, 2021 10:50 AM
by Izzy Hall
Earlier this week the University of California system agreed to remove SAT and ACT test scores entirely from their admissions and financial aid process. This decision is the result of a court case
Test-optional admissions defined the college application season for 2021, and lead to many competitive schools seeing record application numbers. A few colleges and universities that adopted the policy during the pandemic have decided to continue test-optional admissions for the foreseeable future. Other institutions are waiting for hard data to make a decision on whether to keep test-optional admissions or return to requiring SAT and ACT scores as was standard for college admissions before COVID-19. A new study reveals some positive trends for schools that went test-optional prior to pandemic.

New Study Shows Benefits to Test-Optional Admissions

April 20, 2021 8:41 AM
by Izzy Hall
Test-optional admissions defined the college application season for 2021, and lead to many competitive schools seeing record application numbers. A few colleges and universities that adopted the
Last week the College Board officially announced that it would be suspending its plans to offer an online SAT for high school students over the summer. Earlier this year, as the organization was cancelling testing dates due to the coronavirus pandemic, they had hoped to provide an at-home version of the test. But the technological requirements needed to ensure fair testing across the country cannot be guaranteed, and the struggle many students faced submitting their AP Exams – which acted as a test run for the virtual SAT – likely contributed to the College Board’s change of plans.

College Board Delays Online SAT

June 9, 2020 10:48 AM
by Izzy Hall
Last week the College Board officially announced that it would be suspending its plans to offer an online SAT for high school students over the summer. Earlier this year, as the organization was
Across the country, both private and public institutions of higher education have announced that they will be test-optional for students applying to enter school in the fall of 2021. This policy, instituted as a response to coronavirus cancellations of standardized testing dates, comes with the caveat that it would only exist during next year’s round of admissions. But the University of California system has gone in an entirely different direction by announcing that will no longer require the SAT or ACT for all California state applicants.

University of California Seeks New Standardized Test

May 27, 2020 11:42 AM
by Izzy Hall
Across the country, both private and public institutions of higher education have announced that they will be test-optional for students applying to enter school in the fall of 2021. This policy,
Some 3.4 million students have registered to take the AP Exams this year, which began on Monday, but they’re not taking the typical pencil-and-Scantron tests. Instead, students this year will be taking an abridged version of the AP Exams online. The traditional marathon-like tests have become free response exams that will last for just 45 minutes. This change, among many others, has garnered lukewarm reception even before testing began. Will these altered AP Exams carry the same weight as normal tests? And how will students perform on them, given all that has happened since the last time their AP courses convened in the classroom?

Online AP Testing Starts This Week

May 12, 2020 9:45 AM
by Izzy Hall
Some 3.4 million students have registered to take the AP Exams this year, which began on Monday, but they’re not taking the typical pencil-and-Scantron tests. Instead, students this year will be
Taking (and retaking) the SAT, ACT or both has been a tradition of junior and senior high school students for decades. Students taking these tests hope to get the best score possible and secure a spot at their first-choice school. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, SAT and ACT testing dates have been cancelled from March up through June, and state examinations have also been cancelled for this school year. In the wake of these cancellations, many top private institutions have announced that they will go “test-optional” and waive ACT and SAT requirements for current high school juniors and others looking to enter college in the fall of 2021.

Wave of Colleges Going Test-Optional for 2021

April 21, 2020 8:29 AM
by Izzy Hall
Taking (and retaking) the SAT, ACT or both has been a tradition of junior and senior high school students for decades. Students taking these tests hope to get the best score possible and secure a
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