Leaving the SAT Behind and Reshaping Professional Tutoring & Test Prep Work
The Fiske Guide to Colleges announced it would no longer report SAT or ACT scores. As one of the most trusted college guides, the move comes amid a flurry of institutions deciding they will also ignore the scores, at least for 2021. Research from FairTest shows 1,700 schools make the scores optional for prospective students in the Fall of 2021.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Why are more and more institutions opting out of the test?
“There is [currently] no good substitute for the SAT and ACT.” – Allen Koh, CEO of Cardinal Education
“Well, this year, we’re seeing a huge, huge increase in test-optional schools, and the obvious reason is due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Moss said. She noticed students had to go to great lengths to take the test, which isn’t always feasible. According to Moss, many schools decided to postpone and see what happens after the pandemic.
With schools going test-optional, it is having quite an impact on the admissions process. Koh believes that some of it is temporary, as well, but folks have been thrown into a bit of a powderkeg nonetheless.
“The impact is absolute chaos, frustration, insecurity, and anxiety,” Koh said. “There is no good substitute for the SAT and ACT.”
Some schools opted to do it before the pandemic, but for more philosophical reasons. According to Coleman, they already had a plan in place, and when the pandemic hit, they were already test-optional. But, for the schools that had to scramble and change policies on a dime, it caused many headaches.
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