A New De-emphasis on SATs in the Ivy Leagues?
There appears to be a new trend emerging at elite universities to focus less on SAT score and more on an applicant's general academic context.
While the top Ivy League schools -- colleges like Yale, Harvard, and Stanford -- don't seem to be changing their admissions standards just yet, the trend to de-emphasize the SAT is working its way upward. Smith College, for example, known for its students' economic diversity, has switched to a system of evaluating students in the context of the opportunities available to them in high school. Dean of enrollment Audrey Smith explains that SAT scores are more a reflection of a student's family income than actual merit or potential. In fact, the College Board reports that in 2007, the median SAT score for students with incomes greater than $100,000 was 1637, while students with incomes less than $50,000 had an average score of only 1462.
This certainly makes sense when considering that students from more wealthy financial backgrounds can afford college luxuries like standardized test tutors and high-priced admissions consultants.
Common acceptance of the ACT was born out of a growing distaste for the SAT at many universities. If the trend of analyzing test scores within a greater economic context becomes more common (which I believe it will), we will in all likelihood see a de-emphasis on SAT scores in the top Ivy Leagues.Have any insight on this topic? Want to ask a question or make a suggestion? Click here to leave a comment.
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