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The Reality of Test-Optional College Admissions

The Reality of the Testing-Optional Trend   Abstract The trend of Testing-Optional institutions (colleges that do not require students to submit SAT or ACT results) has been increasing, from one school in 1969 to over 850 at present. Schools routinely opt into a Testing-Optional policy under the stated goals of increased socioeconomic and ethnic diversity and more holistic applicant consideration. It is the aim of…
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After SATs: why Chinese students need to rethink US university applications strategy

By Elaine Yau (South China Morning Post).  When the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) was held this month in Hong Kong, hotels and restaurants near the exam venue in the AsiaWorld-Expo braced for waves of candidates coming from over the border in China. Traditionally used by US universities for making admission decisions, the test is not held in China, so every year more than 10,000 students…
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The Newly Paperless SAT Raises Alarm About Digital

By Noah Knopf.  Harvard Political Review The two major college entrance exams in the United States are going digital. Since 2015, ACT Inc. has been offering a digital version of its exam that is now being taken by 8 percent of ACT test takers. The College Board, makers of the rival SAT exam, now alsooffers a computer option. But the move towards digital college entrance…
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College Admissions Narrative

Big Data’s Influence On College Admission Is Growing

By Willard Dix. A recent tweet from Big Brother, er, Netflix, gave many subscribers pause. Whatever and however we watch the service, we seldom realize that "they" are watching us as well. The tweet, sent not by an individual but by Netflix US, said, "To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?" I haven't seen the movie in…
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This High School Senior Is Spending $1,700 on College Applications. Is That Insane or Normal?

By Kaitlin Mulhere. Ash Parasa understood it’d be expensive to apply to the large set of colleges he was considering. But like many students finishing up college applications before January and February deadlines, the high-school senior didn’t grasp just how many fees come with applying to college until he was in the middle of paying them. There are application fees, of course. But there are…
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