This is a very interesting article about the ever increasing number of colleges going test-optional. So why are they doing this?
“The question is: Beyond the admirable goal of wanting to reach more traditionally underrepresented students, why else would schools go test-optional?
‘No. 1,’ says Burd, getting more applications ‘allows schools to then reject more students.’
And that, he says, makes them look more selective in the college rankings put out each year by U.S. News & World Report.
Burd also points out that, in a test-optional system, only students who score well on the SAT tend to submit their scores. ‘When the school then calculates what its average SAT score is, it ends up artificially inflating it.'”