In The News This Summer

imagesSeems like it’s been a summer filled with news about changes in standardized testing:

George Washington University announced, effective August 1, 2015, they will no longer require most undergraduate applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores. Those students still required to submit scores are those who are home-schooled, those who come from high schools that give only narrative evaluations, college athletes and students applying to the 7 year B.A./M.D. program.

In other news, on August 6th, Connecticut announced all 11th graders in the state’s public school will be required to take the SAT, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The SAT will replace an existing statewide exam for students in the 11th grade. State officials are hoping to address the pressure students encounter from excessive testing by eliminating one test.

Starting this month, ACT is introducing changes to the writing test. The updates to the test include a new focus on more current topics. Students will now be given 40 minutes, instead of 30 to plan and compose their essays.

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