In high school, you were a voracious reader, had argumentation and writing skills superior to most of your classmates, and received good grades. But your standardized test scores were mediocre at best, and they hurt your college applications.
For people like you, there may be more hope on the future college admissions front. According to ABC News, “George Washington University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions.”
Here is the statement from Karen Stroud, Dean of Admissions at George Washington:
“Although we have long employed a holistic application review process, we had concerns that students who could be successful at GW felt discouraged from applying if their scores were not as strong as their high school performance… We want outstanding students from all over the world and from all different backgrounds - regardless of their standardized scores - to recognize GW as a place where they can thrive.”
Standardized test scores will still be required for homeschoolers, high schools with non-traditional schools, college athletes, and those looking to participate in a seven-year program that leads to an M.D.
GW joins about 125 other private colleges and universities in the U.S. that have made SAT and ACT scores optional. The SAT has been around since 1934, and the ACT since 1959—that’s relatively recent in the history of education. Combine that fact with the growing backlash against standardized testing in America and one wonders: has their influence on college admissions peaked?
Dan is a former Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find his academic work at Academia.edu.