No SAT requirement? No problem! At least that is what most high schoolers today would probably say! The elimination of standardized test scores as a required part of the application process is not so far-fetched though. Since 2013, when the SAT was revamped, more than 100 colleges and universities have done away with the test scores as a requirement, and according to fairtest.org, more than 1000 accredited colleges and universities are now considered "test optional" or "test flexible" schools. In fact, according to a press release from January 2018 on the fairtest.org website, "half of the U.S. News 'Top 100' liberal arts colleges are on FairTest’s list of test-optional schools. So are a majority of all colleges and universities in New England and more than 50% in such states as Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia." Last Thursday, the University of Chicago became the most selective institution to eliminate the requirement for SAT or ACT scores for its applicants. I've included an interesting video on this announcement below.
While the trend is undeniable and a welcomed shift in academic perspectives on testing and its validity in measuring college potential, I do not think we will see the SAT going anywhere anytime soon in the state of Texas.
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