“Being test-blind means scores from standardized college entrance tests—the SAT and ACT—will be eliminated from the admission review process entirely”
How many schools are really doing this to lower standards because they’re worried about lower enrollment?
Campus Reform reports:
Pitzer College to go ‘test-blind’ in order to send ‘strong message’ about ‘equity’
Pitzer College in California has adopted a “test-blind” admission policy, meaning that standardized tests including the SAT and ACT “will be eliminated from the admission review process entirely.”
According to a June 8 press release, the college will be adopting this new “test-blind” policy beginning in the admission cycle for fall 2022.
“Being test-blind means scores from standardized college entrance tests—the SAT and ACT—will be eliminated from the admission review process entirely,” the press release states.
Yvonne Berumen, the vice president for admission and financial aid at Pitzer College, said in the press release that “The elimination of standardized test scores from our review process entirely has the potential to send a strong message about equity, access, inclusivity, and excellence.”
Previously, Pitzer College was “test-optional,” meaning that “applicants could decide whether they wanted to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application package.”
The press release states that their reasoning for the new policy is because “scores on standardized tests reflect socio-economic privilege more than college preparedness.” As a result of the new policy, Pitzer College will now take a more “holistic” approach at applications, “looking at applicants within the context of their school and community.”
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