Claire Crittendon – Features Editor
Across America, over 70 percent of colleges and universities require prospective
students to submit their scores from either the SAT or the ACT. In the fall of 2017, Lasell
made the choice to ditch this policy and became test-optional. This means students who wish to submit their test scores for consideration may do so. However, applications are still considered complete without.
It’s been proven time and time again there is no consistent correlation between test scores and overall college performance, according to a multitude of studies, including the 2019 ABC News article, “Do SAT Scores Really Predict Success?”
But, let’s say there was a proven correlation between test scores and academic success. With students going to great lengths to find test questions ahead of time to parents shelling out thousands to fake their children’s success, who’s to say how legitimate anyone’s test scores are? We haven’t forgotten the Varsity Blues scandal already, have we?
Additionally, these tests aren’t cheap. SATs are $80 an attempt and an additional $44 for each subject test. At $58.50, the ACTs aren’t much cheaper. These baseline costs also don’t account for tutoring, multiple attempts, study guides, or practice tests. It’s incredibly classist to assume everyone is getting the same options for preparation and a number of chances to re-take.
I understand college admissions counselors are often overworked and looking at these test scores may aid them in processing their tens of thousands of applications, but is this a fair way to do so? Definitely not. I believe all colleges and universities should follow in Lasell’s footsteps and stop requiring test scores.