American University goes fully 'test-optional'
American University is extending its "test-optional" experiment to all applicants who can meet a Nov. 1 deadline.
Dozens of colleges have joined an informal test-optional movement by dropping the requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. Colorado College is among the most recent colleges to relax test-score requirements.
Critics of "high-stakes testing" believe the test-optional movement is a good thing.
AU administrators, who experimented with waiving test requirements in last year's Early Decision cycle, have this to say:
"This decision to expand our test-optional pilot follows a growing national trend toward test-optional policies and further emphasizes our belief that your academic performance is the most important consideration in our holistic review. While standardized test scores can help to predict potential success in college, your academic performance in the classroom is the most important factor in our review of your application; we also consider qualitative factors such as the essay, letters of recommendation and involvement in extracurricular activities."
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Daniel de Vise
July 15, 2010; 3:47 PM ET
Categories: Access , Administration , Admissions | Tags: AU test-optional, American University, American University test-optional, SAT ACT FairTest, test-optional colleges
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