Study: Free Testing Could Boost Number, Diversity of College Applicants


Offering free SAT or ACT testing in high schools could lead to a larger number -- and more diverse mix -- of graduating seniors considering and applying to colleges, according to a new study published in AERA Open, an online journal of the American Educational Research Association.

The study, entitled “Missed Exams and Lost Opportunities: Who Could Gain from Expanded College Admission Testing?", focused on high schools in Virginia, but drew a more general conclusion that could be extrapolated to all states: “When students with the capacity to succeed in a four-year college do not take a college admission test, this represents a potential loss of opportunity for students and colleges alike."

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