Officials dismiss the SAT and ACT

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September 23, 2008

2:31 AM

In response to a Harvard University study, a panel composed of university admissions officials has recommended colleges stop using standardized test scores as a way of measuring an applicant’s intelligence in favor of admissions exams. According to The New York Times, the panel believes entrance exams would better illustrate potential students’ capabilities and encourage high schools to broaden their curriculum.

William Fitzsimmons, Harvard’s dean of admissions and financial aid, spearheaded the standardized test score study that culminated in the university admissions officials’ conference.

Many colleges, like Wake Forest University, Bates College and Smith College, have already made the SAT and ACT optional for their applicants because of the growing concerns over the billion-dollar test-prep industry.

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