Will this year be a comeback year for the ACT and SAT?

Will this year be a comeback year for the ACT and SAT?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while 60% of colleges and universities plan on maintaining test-optional admissions next year, some are moving right back to their pre-pandemic admission considerations. For instance, the University System of Georgia announced their plans to resume test score admission requirements beginning Spring 2022 and beyond.

The takeaway? Pre-pandemic, some institutions found that test scores weren’t correlated to student success, and GPA was a much more helpful indicator. Therefore, this move toward test-optional admissions made sense with or without the pandemic. But that POV isn’t universally believed. For many institutions, especially for STEM-specific programs, test scores appear to be extraordinarily correlated  to student success. Therefore, we will not likely have a universal decision made on this. Many students who forgo these tests will likely have a plethora of college options from now on. And yet, for some institutions, these students may remain locked out of consideration.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.