Baylor University Changes SAT Policy Under Pressure from Peers

Sometimes peer pressure is a good thing. I read an article the other day in Inside Higher Ed that Baylor University had implemented a policy to pay admitted students to retake the SAT scores, in a bid to build an appearance of greater selectivity and (so Baylor officials said) to give away more scholarship money. […]

Carnival of College Admissions, 2nd Edition

Welcome to the second edition of the Carnival of College Admission.  The Carnival is a biweekly round-up of interesting blog posts related to the transition from high school to college. I’ve had many folks contact me asking what a blog carnival is, and why they should consider submitting posts to each edition.  My friend, Peter […]

Baylor Pays Students to Retake the SAT–Proving That Rankings Drive Policy

Just a couple of weeks ago, the National Council for College Admissions Counseling issued a report calling on colleges to reduce the importance of standardized scores in the admissions process. But as long as public rankings of colleges and universities, such as those issue by US News & World Report, it’s unlikely that colleges will […]

Colleges Discuss the Inherent Weaknesses of ACT and SAT Tests

The big show at last week’s conference of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling was a report by NACAC examining the role of SAT and ACT tests in the college admissions process.  Essentially, the report called upon colleges to look more carefully at the role of these tests, and called into question their true […]

National Counseling Association Considers Value of SAT & ACT

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling is releasing a report this week to coincide with its national convention that questions the importance of standardized testing in the college admissions process. For the first time, NACAC takes the stance that standardized testing may not, actually, be essential in evaluating candidates for admission, and encourages colleges […]

Socio-Economic and Racial Disparities Reflected in SAT Scores

It it no surprise whatsoever that black and brown students score lower on standardized tests than their white and yellow peers. This fact is one more indicator of the “achievement gap” between minority students and white students in the United States. (For more on this, see the article from Inside Higher Ed). Some analysts are […]

SAT II Subject Tests Required or Recommended

A colleague in the college counseling business compiled a comprehensive list of the colleges that require or recommend SAT II subject tests.  The list is very helpful and comprehensive.  If you’d like a copy, please contact me.  The author of the list, Cigus Vanni, is a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admissions […]

SAT Will Allow Students To Submit Best Scores To Colleges

The recent announcement by the College Board, the owner of the SAT test, to allow students who take the test two or more times to submit individual scores to the colleges to which they apply, will have absolutely no effect on the way colleges evaluate applicants. As reported in the LA Times, the College Board […]

The SAT, ACT, and "Test Optional" Admissions

Wake Forest, a small selective college in North Carolina, recently made the decision to allow applicants to not submit ACT or SAT scores. Thus Wake Forest joins the list of “test optional” colleges, a list that includes Smith College, Bowdoin College, Connecticut College, and hundreds of others. One of the main reasons colleges cite for […]