One of the few rites of passage into higher education is falling to the wayside.

The Daily Caller reports:

Half Of The Top 100 Colleges No Longer Require ACT Or SAT Scores

Half of the U.S.’s top 100 colleges no longer require ACT or SAT scores, according to a Wednesday report.

Students do not need to submit ACT or SAT scores or spend money related to preparation and administration of these tests to apply to 50 out of the U.S. News’ “Top 100” colleges, according to a press release from the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), an organization which strives for test-optional admission.

“The past four years – since the redesigned SAT was introduced – have seen the fastest growth ever of schools dropping ACT/SAT mandates,” said Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest.

More than 1,000 colleges do not require submission of ACT and SAT results to apply. But ACT believes that the statistic is misleading.

“If colleges did not see any value in test scores, then they would not be test-optional; they would be test-free,” Ed Colby, ACT’s senior director of media and public relations, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Many of the schools on the list still require many or most applicants to submit test scores; the option [not to include a test score] may exist for only a subset of students,” Colby said. “Some institutions limit the option to students who attain a minimum high school GPA or who enroll in specific majors, while others require alternative measures.”