Thursday, April 11, 2024

Harvard Will Require Test Scores for Admission - The New York Times

Harvard will reinstate standardized testing as a requirement of admission, the university announced Thursday, becoming the latest in a series of highly competitive universities to reverse their test-optional policies.

Students applying to enter Harvard in fall 2025 and beyond will be required to submit SAT or ACT scores, though the university said a few other test scores will be accepted in “exceptional cases,” including Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests. The university had previously said it was going to keep its test-optional policy through the entering class of fall 2026.

Harvard was one of nearly 2,000 colleges across the country that dropped test score requirements over the last few years, a trend that escalated during the pandemic when it was harder for students to get to test sites.

Dropping test score requirements was widely viewed as a tool to help diversify admissions, by encouraging poor and underrepresented students who had potential but did not score well on the tests to apply. But supporters of the tests have said without scores, it became harder to identify promising students who outperformed in their environments.


So Harvard drops an idiotic policy that anyone could have seen would result largely in many promising students not having a chance to get into Harvard. Probably a good thing, but not for Harvard. Congratulations to it for deciding to stop smashing its head against the wall.

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They'll award extra points if you can prove you plagiarised your way to a high score.

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 11, 2024 12:11:34 PM

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