Posted on May 25, 2021

60% of U.S. Colleges Nix Testing Requirement for Admission

Penny Starr, Breitbart, May 22, 2021

Approximately 60 percent of U.S. colleges have nixed testing for student admission amid claims the tests give an advantage to applicants who are white and wealthier than other potential students because they have access to test preparation.

The debate about the claim’s accuracy has not been settled, some saying testing can help disadvantaged students, according to a Bloomberg report:

The decision by the regents of the University of California—whose 10 campuses educate 280,000 undergraduate and graduate students—resolves a 2019 lawsuit charging that the SAT and ACT are biased against the poor and Black and Hispanic students. {snip}


Washington state also announced its five public four-year universities and Evergreen State College will get rid of SAT and ACT testing for admission, according to the My Northwest website:


“The decision, in terms of reducing further barriers and strengthening our engagement with students in the admissions process had led to this decision,” Dr. Julie Garver, senior director of Policy and Academic Affairs at the state’s Council of Presidents, said in the My Northwest report.