The future of test-optional college admissions policies

This has been an historically stressful college admissions season, with many families facing financial hardships, on top of unknowns about timelines and potential Covid shut downs.

One thing many colleges did to ease that tension was go test optional for this application cycle. The new policy dropped the requirement for students to take the SAT or ACT, because so many of the tests were cancelled in the pandemic. The entire SUNY system went test optional. At Buffalo State College, it allowed them to take a more holistic approach when evaluating applications.

“Looking at the coursework that they’re taking, the coursework that’s offered at their high school, and looking at the pattern of their grades,” David Loreto, Director of Undergraduate Admissions told 2 On Your Side. “Have they improved their grades since freshman year? Have they overcome a challenge in their own academic career? And how they have progressed.”

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