Advocates hope pandemic shift away from requiring SAT and ACT will help diversity. See more national education news here

| February 16, 2021

By Alina Tugend • The Hechinger Report

When Worcester Polytechnic Institute wanted to attract more Black,  Hispanic and female  students, it became the first nationally ranked science university to make the ACT and SAT standardized tests optional for admission.

Eliminating the test requirement can raise the numbers of low-income and first-generation students and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups without affecting graduation rates, according to research conducted in collaboration with the National Association for College Admission Counseling, or NACAC.

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