Articles tagged with: Standardized Testing

25 June 2020

The Many Flavors of Test-Optional College Admissions

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2025, Perspectives

testbrokenpencilAs we entered 2020, roughly one-third of the schools in our coverage universe offered some form of test-optional admissions. That figure is now over 70 percent and now includes all of the Ivies, Stanford, Duke, Tufts, Tulane, all of the University of California campuses and most recently, Emory.

To help you keep up with the changes, we're actively tracking test-optional policies for several popular institutions we cover. As always, the definition of "test-optional" varies by institution and often has strings attached so pay close attention to the details.

Click on Continue Reading to see our list of test-optional schools and the type of test-optional policy they employ.  For your convenience, we've included admit rates, test score ranges and links to each school's standardized test policy to help you find suitable candidates for your college list.

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28 May 2020

Running College Kickstart Without Test Scores

Posted in Class of 2025, College Kickstart

notest modalWe continue to look for ways to help you better manage the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. In the past two months we've added several new capabilities, including:

  • Active tracking of test-optional institutions
  • Links to virtual visit programming for each of the schools we cover
  • A recommendation engine to help you capitalize on test-optional admissions

Today we're introducing a fourth capability: the option to run College Kickstart without a standardized test score.

Available immediately to all College Kickstart subscribers, this feature gives you the flexibility to assess academic performance based solely on GPA and class rank whenever possible. 

Click Continue Reading below to learn more.

24 September 2018

Colby Goes Test-Optional

Posted in Class of 2023

colby logoColby College announced today that the submission of standardized test scores is now an optional element of a student's application for admission.      

Click here for the news release.


10 July 2018

Brown Eliminates SAT/ACT Essay Requirement

Posted in Class of 2023

washpostBrown will no longer require the essay component to the SAT and ACT.  

This is one of several initiatives taken by the institution to expand access to low income families.

For applicants planning not to take the SAT/ACT essay, inclusion of a graded paper from a humanities or social science class is recommended.

Click here for the article.


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  

05 November 2015

The Test Optional Surge

Posted in Perspectives

nytThe shift to test-optional admission continues to build.  This article from the New York Times highlights several reasons for the shift and reviews the results from several studies, often conflicting, on its impact.  Some suggestions for when to consider applying test optional are also made.

Click here for the article.

15 October 2015

Which Standardized Test to Take?

Posted in Perspectives

washpostNew SAT, current SAT or ACT—which one is for me?

Here's a 30 question diagnostic developed by Dr. Gary Gruber that can help you determine which may be best for you.   

Click here for the article.

08 October 2015

A Deeper Look at the New SAT

Posted in Perspectives

newSAT image finalFor those of you wondering about the new SAT, here's an excellent article from Jed Applerouth that details the differences between the current and new formats, as well as the ACT.  

Read the article here.