The University of Chicago will no longer require SAT/ACT scores as part of their admissions process.
Big news! Last month, The University of Chicago sent shock waves through the country when they announced that students vying for a spot at the university are no longer required to provide their SAT or ACT exam scores. With this move, U of Chicago joins the “test-optional” movement: it is the first top-ten research school to do so.
There has always been criticism surrounding the SAT and the ACT exams. Many argue that these exams are not an accurate depiction of a student’s prior or future success: a straight-A student may not do well on the exam, even though they excel in school. Conversely, a C-student might score very highly on the exam. Also, many feel that the exams place an unfair cost and burden on low-income students, especially those who wish to re-take it to try for a higher score. There is also the argument that the exams include content that can be seen as discriminatory towards certain groups, and that requiring these exams ultimately hinders diversity on campus.
The University of Chicago will now be accepting video auditions! (Remember Elle Woods’ video audition for Harvard Law School in Legally Blonde?). They will also be accepting other nontraditional materials to supplement applications. It’s time to get creative! Note: they will still accept SAT/ACT exam scores, it’s just not required.
Keep in mind, the SAT and ACT exams are still a vital part of the college admissions process, unless you plan to attend a “test-optional” school. I expect more universities will join the movement in the coming years.