Several other parameters seem to be important and are more reliable predictors of
the likelihood of a potential applicant’s success.
The California Institute of Technology (CalTech), which is counted as the most renowned US
university that has adopted test-free admissions, has decided to not review the SAT/ACT scores
for admission purposes until 2025.
The four-year public institutions in California, the University of California and California State
University are likely to permanently delete the need for standardized exam scores. CalTech made
a switch to test-free admissions in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak and closed down the
standard testing sites.
The standardized test scores are suggested to have little to no power to evaluate academic
performance in subjects such as physics and mathematics which the first-year students must take
as a part of the core curriculum of the university.
The decision to keep the testing restriction intact was made after a rigorous internal analysis of
the academic performance of the seven cohorts of the preceding first-year undergraduate students
which include individuals who have matriculated both before and after the commencement of
test-free admissions at CalTech.
Several other parameters seem to be important and are more reliable predictors of the likelihood
of a potential applicant’s success. However, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came
with the decision to reinstate the mandatory requirement of test scores for admission
consideration as, according to MIT, it has been a good indicator of an applicant’s academic
Critics of the SAT and ACT exam contend that these tests favour wealthy students who can
afford to boost their test results through intensive test preparation services, thus eliminating less
fortunate competitors. However, the College Board and ACT say that the exams are not biased
and can help the students find SAT and ACT scholarships.
Test-optional and test-free policies continue even when limitations relating to the pandemic
loosen. More than 1,700 universities will not require test scores for admission in the fall of 2023
as per FairTest, a group that promotes the sparing use of standardized tests.