Don’t Throw Away Those ACT/SAT Prep Books Yet

The value and predictability of standardized admissions tests is stirring heated debate on campuses, and some states have abandoned them amid criticism that the exams favor affluent children whose families can invest in test preparation. The National Center for Fair and Open Testing says more than 1,800 campuses will be optional or blind test for fall 2023.

As with Georgia, many state systems waived SAT and ACT requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have decided not to reinstate them. The influential University of California system no longer requires them in admissions or scholarship decisions, even though a faculty review recommended that the ACT and SAT remain a requirement for applicants to its 10 campuses.

Georgia didn’t make its latest decision based on the belief that high school transcripts are a better measure of student ability. He did not summon the professors to discuss the necessity and usefulness of these tests.

As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, Chancellor Sonny Perdue cited declining college enrollment as well as “the threat that many Georgia students will leave the state” to colleges that don’t require the tests. , as reasons for extending the waiver. .

In a Thursday meeting with the Board of Regents, Perdue admitted that high school grade point average can predict college results, but said grades and SAT/ACT scores together “are better than anyone individually.” “. USG will review the performance of students admitted under the optional testing policies before making a final decision on whether to permanently end the ACT/SAT requirement.

Here is the official explainer of the University System of Georgia:

The Georgia University System will continue temporarily waiving test score requirements for admission in the 2023-24 academic year (Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024) at 24 of USG’s 26 institutions. The temporary waiver does not apply to the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the remaining institutions have two options for making admissions decisions:

Freshman Index: Includes high school grade point average and test scores for the SAT or ACT.

Optional Testing: Use the high school grade point average on the required high school program without a standardized test score at the following minimum grade point averages:

3.4 for research universities: Augusta University and Georgia State University.

3.2 for Georgia College and State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University.

3.0 for state universities: Albany State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Middle Georgia State University, Savannah State University, and University of North Georgia.

State colleges (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, College of Coastal Georgia, Dalton State College, East Georgia State College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Highlands College, Gordon State College, and South Georgia State College) in accordance with council policy.

Test scores continue to be required to apply for the Zell Miller Scholarships. The optional test path is not available for dual enrollment. Students applying for dual enrollment must still meet existing admission requirements.