Major university drops test scores requirement for admission
Taking the SAT and ACT can be immensely stressful, as getting into the college of one's choice can weigh heavily on the tests' results.
In a move that's no doubt a relief to many, a number of schools are making the tests scores optional, and George Washington University recently joined their ranks.
As of August 1st, the private institution in Washington, D.C. will largely leave their inclusion to the discretion of applicants.
Those who feel their scores don't accurately reflect their abilities, accomplishments, and potential can take a pass.
Admissions personnel at the university will focus primarily upon coursework pursued in high school and the grades received, whether or not the test results are included.
Writing abilities, extracurricular activities, and recommendations will also be influential factors in determining admissions.
This decision follows a university task force investigation of what makes a promising college student.
They found high school performance, particularly a student's GPA, to be a sufficient indicator of future academic success at the higher level.