Last week, I wrote about a free webinar that discussed the current status of ACT and SAT tests as a requirement for college admission. I often get asked about this by homeschoolers, so I will give a recap of some of the tidbits I learned from the webinar. This information has huge implications for not only the homeschool community, but for a wide sector of potential college students. You can view the full webinar with the link at the end.
- Test scores and academic standards are consistently going down across the nation. The typical SAT/ACT college entrance scores no longer adequately reflect the the high standards for which they were designed.
- The tests no longer are used as an accurate predictor of college GPA.
- Nearly 1000 US schools no longer require an entrance test.
- The top five percent of universities have their own internal criteria which generally include an essay and an interview.
- The “open schools” which take everyone don’t use the test as it greatly reduces paperwork, and they are not faced with needing to reject students.
- The schools in the middle (all the rest) largely still use the tests, but are not sure that they are the best indicator of student success.
- No entrance exam is needed for community college. Once you have as few as 12 credits on your transcript, you can transfer to a university. Colleges are looking for a success factor–does the student have the qualities needed for being successful at their school?
- Transfer students are admitted on the basis of college level work–no test is needed to predict competency
- The first two years of college are often a repeat of high school.
- Many students gain college credit, and therefore transfer status, by class challenge (proving knowledge of course material by taking the final exam) or other course specific tests.
With a continuing economic struggle, perhaps colleges and universities will examine their admission policies and design a broader scope of admission criteria.
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