Standardized Testing

26 August 2021

Colleges with Test-Blind/Test-Free Admission Policies for the 2021-22 Admission Cycle

Posted in Your College List, Standardized Testing, Class of 2026

testbrokenpencilWhile the vast majority of institutions in our coverage universe offer some form of test-optional admissions, some have completely eliminated standardized testing from consideration—even if you submit scores.

Click on Continue Reading to see our list of schools offering test-blind/test-free admissions for the 2021-22 cycle. For your convenience, we've included admit rates, test score ranges and links to each school's standardized test policy details to help you find suitable candidates for your college list.

College Kickstart subscribers, this is automatically updated and visible as part of the requirements view.

20 March 2020

College Board Announces Plan to Offer At-Home AP Testing for 2019-20

Posted in Standardized Testing, Class of 2025

downloadThe College Board announced today that it is actively developing a new at-home Advanced Placement test option in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

  • For the 2019-20 exam season only, students will be able to take a 45 minute exam at home
  • Two different testing dates will be made available for each AP subject

Click here for the College Board website for details.

12 October 2016

University of California Subject Test Recommendations for Fall 2017 Applicants

Posted in Standardized Testing, Class of 2021

ucThe University of California has updated its subject test recommendations for fall 2017 applicants. Remember, these are recommendations, not requirements, and they are primarily geared towards applicants in STEM fields.

To our subscribers: this has already been incorporated into the requirements section of College Kickstart.

Click here for the latest subject test recommendations.


16 May 2016

New Product Update - SAT Conversion and More

Posted in Standardized Testing, College Kickstart, Product Announcements, Affordability

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A new release of College Kickstart is now available!

This release features:

  • An SAT score converter to help you reconcile new and old SAT scores  
  • Resident and non-resident admission rates for situations where the difference materially impacts how a school is categorized in College Kickstart
  • An updated affordability panel with graduation rates
  • Expanded school coverage

Click on Continue Reading for the scoop. 

09 May 2016

Reconciling your New and Old SAT results

Posted in Standardized Testing

College board logoConcordance tables are now available from the College Board to help you reconcile your new SAT results from March to all of the college admission data that uses the old SAT format.

Click here for the tables or here for the College Board conversion tool.


13 January 2016

Interpreting the New PSAT

Posted in Standardized Testing

College board logo.svgConfused about your new PSAT scores?  You're not alone.  Here are three articles we think can help you get a better handle on it all:

  • An article from the College Board comparing the old and new PSAT formats
  • An article from the Washington Post that explains what you need to know in simple, straightforward terms.
  • An alternative article from and Compass Education Group