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Thu Feb 22, 2024, 07:42 AM Feb 2024

Yale will again require standardized test scores for admission

Yale will again require standardized test scores for admission

After years of making tests optional for applicants, the school will require scores but allow more types of tests

By Susan Svrluga
February 22, 2024 at 5:15 a.m. EST

Yale University will again require students to submit standardized test scores when they apply for admission, school officials said Thursday. The decision comes after officials found that the scores were the single best predictor of students’ academic performance and that not considering them could be a disadvantage for those who have already faced daunting challenges.

The decision — which includes greater flexibility for applicants by allowing more types of tests — is likely to be closely watched not only by students aspiring to highly selective colleges and agonizing over test scores and other metrics, but also by other universities evaluating their own policies.

When the coronavirus pandemic scrambled testing, Yale and many other colleges dropped requirements that applicants submit standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. With debate over the value of those tests — including criticism that they provided another barrier to disadvantaged students — many schools continued their test-optional policies even as the public health crisis eased.


By Susan Svrluga
Susan Svrluga is a reporter covering higher education for The Washington Post. Before that, she covered education and local news at The Post. Twitter https://twitter.com/SusanSvrluga
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