Thinking WSU? Forget the SAT, Pump Up the GPA–Here’s Why
WSU drops SAT as admissions requirement
The SAT made it's debut in 1926, the ACT in 1959. For many, they've been a strong catapult for getting students into various colleges and universities; and especially scholarhips.
The SAT (originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test) and the ACT (American College Testing) were something students actually studied for. Most college bound students take the SAT, not as many the ACT. The difference? The ACT has a dedidated specific science portion that expands more over the SAT. They both include math, language, writing etc.
Having a high SAT usually means your kid will get a LOT of mail from colleges and universities, seeking their admission.
But now, WSU has taken a bold step, one that some other universities are considering or have done.
WSU's board of regents has announced they will no longer require and SAT or ACT score as part of their admission process.
The WSU Provost and Executive VP Elizabeth Chilton said many schools suspended these requirements as part of their COVID-19 response, but then found in follow up studies reportedly GPA was a better indicator of a student's performance.
Chilton said six-year graduation and first year retention rates (whether students don't drop out after freshman year) are higher for a student who has a 3.5 GPS or higher, than those for a student who scored 1200 or higher on SAT but had a lower GPA.
Some schools back east have also pursued this practice as they believe SAT and ACT tests are affected by cultural bias, and highlight what some say are inequalities among ethnic groups.
The vote occured in the last week and according to sources, including Fox Q13 TV, will go into effect immediately. This applies to WSU, we have not heard of any other public or private universities adopting this policy.
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