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Admissions 101: Boot the SAT?

Jay Mathews is looking for feedback over at Admissions 101:

My latest online column addresses the growing trend of colleges telling many of their applicants they do not have to submit SAT or ACT scores. This is one of the hottest movements in higher education. The many critics of the SAT have applauded the changes. The colleges who have made this move say they are trying to reach out to test-phobic students and to show that they are judging their applicants on something other than the results of a one-day, 2400-point test. But some critics have noted that the schools doing this are as a result--perhaps an unintended result--making themselves look better on the same ranking lists, like U.S. News, that SAT critics have decried. Today's column is about an analysis of the unseen results of going to SAT optional policies that surprised me, and made me wonder if the schools going in that direction were as selfless as they seemed. Have I missed something in this piece, and do you think an SAT or ACT optional school would work best for you, or your student?

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By Washington Post Editors  | August 4, 2009; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags:  ACT, SAT, college admissions  
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