‘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.

Related News

This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Cristal Steuer.

For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.

| More
In The News, News

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
11/25/15 Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Bill Curry to Join Best-Selling Author Steve Almond for Working Writers Series
11/25/15 Holy Cross Hosts Annual Tree Lighting and the Time-Honored Tradition of the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
11/25/15 ‘The Curse of Black Friday’
11/24/15 Holy Cross Community Celebrates Retirement of Beloved Employee
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Video: The Splendor of Autumn on Mount St. James

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Campus Conversations and Discussion Connect Students with Distinguished Alumni

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Holy Cross Faculty Offer Multidisciplinary Analysis of Pope’s Encyclical on Environment

Watch Video >

What’s Happening on Campus


Men's Ice Hockey vs. Niagara University

See More >

Men's Basketball vs. Harvard University

See More >

Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness

See More >

Winter Holidays Celebration

See More >

Holy Cross in the News


Holy Cross Accounting Program Ranks No. 3 in Massachusetts

Accounting Degree Review

The College of the Holy Cross’ accounting program ranks No. 3 in Accounting Degree Review’s “Top 10 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in Massachusetts.” According to...


‘Women in Business conference: Holy Cross alumna at Vanity Fair says degree is key to success’

Telegram & Gazette

“Earning a liberal arts degree is the smartest thing a person can do to become successful in the business world,” said Aimee Bell ’88 to the Worcester Telegram...


Economist Magazine Places Holy Cross in Top 3 Percent of ‘Best Value’ Ranking

The Economist

The College of the Holy Cross is No. 36 among 1300 public and private institutions reviewed by the Economist in its first-ever best value rankings, putting the College in the...