Bypassing the SAT Altogether

| September 29, 2013 | 1 Comment
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A look at how students can bypass the SAT to get into a reputable college.

“It’s kind of declaring war on the whole rigmarole of college admissions and the failure to foreground the curriculum and learning,” Leon Botstein, Bard’s president of 38 years, said in an interview. Saying the prevailing system was “loaded with a lot of nonsense that has nothing to do with learning,” he hailed the new approach as a “return to basics, to common sense” and added, “You ask the young person: are they prepared to do university-level work?”

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    Bard College has not required applicants to submit ACT/SAT for decades. That policy is not changing. The new option is simply an alternative route for students who prefer to write essays. For a complete list of the more than 800, accredited bachelor-degree institutions — including Bard — that are test-optional for all or many applicants, see:
    http://fairtest.org/university/optional