In a move not unlike many of its contemporaries, Brandeis University has opted to pilot “test-flexibility,” in which applications submitted after July 1st, 2013, will not be required to show standardized test scores. The Massachusetts school is not the first to make this move, nor will it be the last.
‘Test-optional,’ by nature, is a vague term, keeping up with the notorious lack of clarity in the application season. Strictly test-optional schools, for instance, will not accept or consider a student’s scores at all. However, a majority fall in another, broader category, in which scores may be considered for international students, students applying for a special scholarship, class placement purposes, or research studies. According to FairTest.org, a standardized testing watchdog, more than a quarter of United States’ schools are now test-optional in some form–a jaw-dropping number for students, parents, and college counselors alike.
Read the rest of Roger Ochoa’s article to find out why colleges are shifting away from standardized test scores.