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School counselor reacts to university making SAT/ACT optional

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George Washington University will no longer require undergraduate applicants to submit ACT/SAT scores for admission starting the 2016 - 2017 school year, according to the university press release.

The decision came after the university access committee adopted a test-optional policy.

Dean of Admissions Karen Felton said she believes making the test scores a requirement has long discouraged potential applicants.

“Although we have long employed a holistic application review process, we had concerns that students who could be successful at GW felt discouraged from applying if their scores were not as strong as their high school performance,” said Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton.

According to the university, high school coursework and grades will continue to be the most important factors for admission, in addition to a student’s writing skills, recommendations, involvement in school and community and personal qualities and character.

That means students who feel "... their SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of their academic potential can choose not to submit them."

This change aligns with a growing national trend. Hundreds of colleges across the country have opted to become test optional in recent years including ones in Heartland States.

The university will start this new policy on August 1.

Cape Central High school counselor, Amy Sutterer, said it takes the pressure off students who can't perform well on standardized tests.

"It will be beneficial to the students to not just set their eyes on just one school," Sutterer said. "To realize that it's more schools out there for them and there's more opportunity and not solely basing it on the ACT test."

She said she believe standardized testing can be good for giving counselors a sense of how students will perform, but it shouldn't be the primary thing taken into consideration for admission.

You can find the list of colleges and universities that doesn't require those test scores here.

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