Brown University is Last Ivy League School to Drop SAT/ACT Essay Requirement
“to enable students from low-income families to take advantage of the tests”
Are college essays going to become a thing of the past?
The Daily Caller reports:
Brown University Becomes Last Ivy League School to Spike SAT/ACT Essay Requirement
Brown University became the last Ivy League school to drop its SAT and ACT essay requirements on Tuesday.
The school struck down its mandate on the essay portion, citing its desire to eliminate application barriers for low-income students, amid a nationwide trend to drop the essays.
Students who choose to take the essay portions of the ACT and SAT need to pay an additional fee of up to $16.50 or $17, respectively. But the essay portions are not available during some school-day iterations of the tests.
“Given the significant growth in free school-day testing, it’s important to enable students from low-income families to take advantage of the tests already offered by their school districts and not place an undue burden on them to go in separately outside of normal school hours,” Brown Dean of Admission Logan Powell said. “Our goal is that for any talented student interested in Brown, the application process is not a deterrent — and we don’t want this test to be a barrier to their application.”
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My understanding is that Brown is striking out the essay graded by the ACT or SAT. I am skeptical of the ability of standardized tests to evaluate writing ability. As such, I have no problem with striking out this requirement.
The admissions committees have countless application questions to evaluate writing ability.