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Yale reinstates SAT, ACT admissions requirement, claiming it will ‘increase the diversity of the student body’

Another Ivy League school announced plans Thursday to reinstate standardized testing requirements for undergraduate applicants. university fix report.

Yale University recently announced that fall 2025 applicants will be required to submit scores on at least one of four standardized tests.according to Yale University Newsthe university recently adopted a new flexible testing policy that includes: More testing options. In addition to SAT and ACT scores, undergraduate students can now submit Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores.

Yale University allows undergraduate applicants to opt out of submitting test scores for four years.Several other schools also declined, including Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, New York University, and Stanford University. Entrance examination Requirements during the 2021-2022 application cycle. College Fix reports that by 2023, more than 1,900 colleges will have adopted test-optional admissions policies.

Jeremiah Quinlan, Yale’s director of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, told Yale News the new policy could help increase diversity.

“Our entire admissions staff is acutely aware of the research on the correlation between standardized test scores and household income, and the persistent disparities by race. However, in our experience, all thoughtful “Including test scores as one element of the evaluation process could help increase student diversity, rather than decrease it,” Quinlan said.

“If we thought this policy was likely to set back these efforts, we would not adopt it,” Quinlan added.

Yale University had a test-optional policy, but it was discovered that some applicants omitted scores that would have increased their chances of admission.

Quinlan explained: “By inviting students to apply without scores, some applicants are withholding scores that could be useful to admissions committees, even if they are below the median of the range of admitted students.” It turns out that this can unknowingly hurt your chances of getting into the school.

More than 1,000 undergraduate students who did not submit test scores were admitted to Yale University.

“Our analysis found that applicants without test scores were less likely to be admitted. Worryingly, this was particularly true for those from low-income families and for high school students with fewer college preparatory courses. This applies to prospective students who attend the school,” Quinlan pointed out.

Dartmouth College, a private Ivy League school in New Hampshire, announced earlier this month that standardized test scores would again be required for admission from the Class of 2029, Blaze News previously reported.

The university similarly argued that the changes “improve, not diminish, our ability to bring the most promising and diverse students to campus.”

Bruce Sacerdote, an economics professor at Dartmouth College, also said that in the past, some applicants have been forced to “value test scores when they could be extremely helpful to the student and potentially triple their chances of admission.” They chose not to share it.”

Standardized test scores remain “the single biggest predictor of student performance in Yale courses across all the models we’ve built,” Quinlan said.

“Of course, our process is highly selective, but it is also holistic and contextual. Each applicant is considered an individual, and our staff reviews each file collectively,” Quinlan said. added.

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