In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of universities abroad have decided to drop the ACT and SAT requirement for Fall semester 2021. According to a list by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (a nonprofit organization that works to end the misuse of standardized testing), a total of 51 universities and colleges have dropped ACT/ SAT requirements for at least Fall semester 2021.
Universities making ACT/ SAT requirements optional are Boston University, University of California, Tulane University, University of Washington, Northeastern University, all Oregon public universities, Scripps College and Texas Christian University, and many more.
Boston University has announced that it will keep the ACT/ SAT test requirement optional for students applying for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. The University of California said that nine of its schools will suspend the ACT/ SAT requirement for students applying for Fall 2021.
Some schools have decided to make the test-optional for an even longer period of time like Tufts University has announced that it may make the test-optional for the next three years. Other universities mentioned above have made the test optional for Fall 2021 or longer.
While around 51 schools have already taken the decision to take the ACT and SAT test-optional, student-run nonprofit group are demanding more universities to adopt test-optional policies for fall 2021. The demand is also from students from across the country who do not have access to test preparation and whose lives have been affected due to pandemic.
While a growing number of students demand test-optional movement as a permanent option for admission arguing that the standardized tests doesn’t truly reflect the academic ability of students, Ed Colby, spokesman for ACT, Inc. cited that ACT score is necessary to judge the academic readiness of students from different schools, districts, and states to join the college.
Also, majority of universities and colleges have adopted the test-optional policies on a temporary basis to accommodate students for the 2021 Fall term during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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