FairTest keeps an up-to-date list of the colleges and universities that do not require SAT or ACT scores. The current number stands around 850 institutions, and every year more schools join the test-optional movement. This is good news for students who feel that standardized test scores fail to measure accurately their preparedness for college. The flurry of test cheating scandals in recent years gives even more energy to the push towards test-optional admissions, as do abuses such as the score inflation found at Emory University (see story) and Claremont McKenna College (see story).
SAT Book Burning
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While the majority of the country's top-ranked colleges and universities don't appear on the list, more and more selective colleges are making the move to test-optional admissions (for example, Wake Forest, Pitzer, Bowdoin, DePaul, and Mount Holyoke are all test-optional).