‘SAT changes: Some colleges will not feel impact in application process’

The Pilot

March 12th, 2014 by 
Ann McDermott

Last week, the College Board announced major changes to the SAT college admissions test.  Ann McDermott, director of admissions at the College of the Holy Cross — who was in the final stages of selecting the school’s class of 2018 when she heard the news — told Catholic News Service she applauded the proposed test revisions. “Anything that evens out the playing field is good, which seems to be the attempt,” she said.

The main changes to the college exam test include: making the essay optional; not penalizing students for wrong answers; and doing away with the test’s more obscure vocabulary words.

McDermott noted that Holy Cross, which made reporting SAT scores optional for its applicants in 2006, said the school places a stronger emphasis on the four years of choices a student makes — in grades and extracurricular activities — than specific test scores.

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