Standardized tests like SATs and ACTs have long been a source of anxiety for college applicants. Now, a new study questions their relevance. Researchers studied over 120,000 students at 33 public and private “test-optional” schools, which deemphasize the focus on standardized test scores. The study found little difference in grades and graduation rates between students who opted to submit their test scores versus those who didn’t.
Bill Hiss, former dean of admissions at Bates College and principal investigator on the study
Seth Allen, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Pomona College