Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dropping SAT

In my last post I wondered if there wasn't a pool of applicants who are undervalued because of low SAT scores. In our own predictions of college success, SAT doesn't explain much of the variance, yet we continue to use it (although high school GPA is weighted much higher).

This article at talks about Drew University's decision to stop requiring SATs.

With test scores optional, Drew's admissions officers are concentrating more closely on how well applicants did in high school. They pay special attention to whether students took tough classes, and for leadership qualities.
Their enrollment is up, which may have something to do with their decision.

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