Standardized writing scores required for Brown’s class of 2022

By Sarah Wang (Brown Daily Herald).

 Students applying to be a part of Brown’s class of 2022 are now required to complete the essay and writing portion for the SAT and ACT, respectively. This change, made in early 2017, comes after the Office of Admission’s previous decision to make the essay portion optional for applicants in the class of 2021, The Herald previously reported.

For the class of 2021, applicants were required to send either their SAT score and two SAT subject test scores, or their ACT score. For the class of 2022, applicants are required to send scores for the SAT with essay or the ACT with writing, and are recommended, but not required, to send scores for two SAT subject tests, according to Dean of Admission Logan Powell.

The Office re-evaluates its policies every year, and the decision to change testing requirements was partly made in response to some applicants not scheduling the subject tests in time for application deadlines. “They realize only in December that the previous requirement was for them to take two SAT subject tests,” Powell said. “The next time they’re available is in May.”

As a result, these students were not able to apply to the University, but “they’re applying to our peer institutions,” many of which all share the same application requirements, Powell said. Among the Ivy League and Stanford University, Brown was the only school that required two SAT subject test scores from all its applicants. Now, the University’s policies are aligned with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford and Dartmouth, Powell said.  Read the full article