Colleges not using SAT/ACT testing for admissions

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Colleges not using SAT/ACT testing for admissions
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Mon, 10-22-2012 - 9:46am

Not every student does well on standardized testing, here is a listing of:

Schools That Do Not Use SAT or ACT Scores for Admitting Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor Degree Programs

http://fairtest.org/university/optional

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 11:40am

We don't have to pay for transcripts sent from our current school, but did have to pay for them to be sent from our former school, probably because we don't live in the district anymore and aren't paying taxes there. Who knows? A friend who has been through this process before said to me on the first day of school, "It's senior year. Keep your checkbook out." That about sums it up!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 5:24pm
We haven't had to pay anything for transcripts to be sent for college applications. ODD submitted her ED app 10 days ago and it went through fine. She has to fill out a form at school each time she wants a copy of her transcript and designate what purpose it is for, personal use, college apps, etc. It may depend on each school, but has not needed to pay anything for the transcripts she has requested.
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Registered: 09-13-1999

I'd heard from our college counseling office that this had changed as a result of the recent cheating scandals and that everything now has to come directly from the testing source.  Wow.  It's a big shift in a short time.    Do the schools actually charge your for sending transcripts?  The costs for applications and score reporting are ridiculous!

What I remember most is the frustration of discovering that things were missing at various places and having to resend pieces of the application several times.  My middle dd applied to our state school at my insistence.  It was developing a new, seemingly wonderful honors program that offered a merit scholarship of either half or full tuition.  The only catch was that everything had to be in for early action consideration.  Well, everything was sent but the university misfiled the transcripts over and over and it didn't get straightened out until after the early deadline had passed.  It was all resolved in the end and dd didn't end up attending in any event but it was so frustrating!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 4:31pm
I am just now looking at the list and am slightly surprised to see the college I went to for my master's on that list of test optional as long as you meet the minimum gpa. I don't know if it was that way when I went to school there 10 years ago, not that it would have mattered to me since i was doing my Master's there, but still...
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 4:27pm

It really is test optional.  She just had her scores sent straight from the College Board website. A lot of schools that require test scores no longer accept them from the high school. They have to come directly from College Board. And two of the colleges won't even accept her first high school's grades from her second high school transcript, so I had to have the first HS send them directly. I would love to complain about the costs of all this application, transcript and score sending, but am waiting until that first tuition payment, when I'll really have something to complain about!

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 4:17pm
  • I looked at the list and was amazed to see how much things have changed in the few years since my older girls applied to college.  My middle dd knew where she wanted to go as soon as she visited her college for the first time.   She wanted to apply ED and couldn't because she needed two SAT subject tests and hadn't taken any to that point.  She'd spent the past semester studying abroad and hadn't returned in time to take the SAT I and SAT IIs that spring/summer.   That meant that she had to  get all her testing done that fall and needed a test that was only administered in December (maybe a language exam without listening?).  There was no ED II for this school.  So she sweated it out until  April...  Of course now the school not only offers ED II but it's also test flexible!   GRRRRR..

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Registered: 09-13-1999

Was this school truly test optional or was it test choice optional?  I ask because my dd assured me that one of her schools was test optional and she sent NOTHING.  It turns out that the school did indeed insist on test scores of some sort, they just gave the student the choice whether to send scores from the SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, or even AP.    Lucky for us, we didn't know this until she'd been accepted or I'd have been freaking out about it.   I learned that high schools have varying policies as to how they record test scores reported to them.  DD's AP scores were arranged by her high school and the scores were automatically reported to the high school and included on her transcript.  Those were enough to satisfy the college.

It is quite true that most students (with their heads on straight) who do well on the SAT send their scores to test optional schools.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 2:34pm

My daughter is applying to one test optional school, only she didn't realize it was test optional until after she'd sent them her SAT scores. She then spent a couple of anxious days worried that the admissions team would think she was only applying there as a safety because her scores were so high, when in fact this is one of her top choice schools. Her guidance counselor told her that in test-optional schools, the kids with good scores usually do send them anyway. The result of this is that in test-optional schools, the SAT scores used to calculate rankings appear to be higher than they would be if every applicant sent his/her scores in.