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By the Numbers: Back to the test

Some schools believe a pandemic-era SAT-optional policy may do more harm than good

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By the Numbers: Back to the test
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The share of the 73,000 applicants for fall 2024 who submitted standardized test scores to the University of Texas at Austin, according to school officials. Their findings reveal what many have suspected: The test-optional admissions system, a holdover of the COVID-19 pandemic, has skewed admissions processes. UT officials plan to reinstate testing requirements next year.


The median SAT score of students who shared their scores with UT, compared with a median of 1160 among students who did not.


The number of Ivy League schools—Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale—that ended test-optional admissions in recent weeks.

3.7 times

The increase in likelihood a low-income or first-generation applicant to Dartmouth with an SAT score between 1450 and 1490 would be admitted if he revealed his test score to the school, according to a retrospective review.


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