Yale drops SAT, ACT essay requirements

By Anastasiia Psnova | Yale Daily News.

Yale will no longer require applicants to submit essay scores from standardized tests, starting with high schoolers applying for admission to the class of 2023.

The University announced the new policy on Friday in an email to high school counselors. In the letter, Quinlan emphasized that students who do not take the essay portion of the SAT or the ACT “will not be at a disadvantage” in the admissions process.

Since the launch of the redesigned SAT test in March 2016 and the revamped ACT writing section in September 2015, many universities across the country have reevaluated their testing requirements in an effort to make the college application process easier and less costly for students. By making the submission of essay scores optional, Yale joins a number of peer institutions that have enacted similar policies in recent years, including Harvard, Dartmouth and Columbia.  Read the Full Article