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The University of Chicago became the first top-10 research school Thursday to spike the requirement for SAT and ACT test scores in its admission process.

The school, which tied for third on U.S. News and World Report’s list of national universities, made the switch after mandating national tests since 1957 and scrutinizing applicants via its own tests beforehand, according to The Washington Post.

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“Testing is not the be-all and the end-all,” University of Chicago admissions and financial aid dean James G. Nondorf told WaPo. He explained his aversion to having “one little test score” “scar[e] students off” when they would otherwise meet the school’s standards.

“It is about doing the RIGHT thing,” Nondorf said. “Which is helping students and families of all backgrounds better understand and navigate this process and about bringing students with intellectual promise (no matter their background) to UChicago (and making sure they succeed here too!).”

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The top two dozen research universities had all previously required testing scores from prospective students. Other changes to the University of Chicago’s admissions process include a larger financial aid program and the elimination of optional in-person interviews, instead permitting applicants to send two-minute video segments.

“ACT scores provide a common, standardized metric that allows colleges to evaluate students who attend different high schools, live in different states, complete different courses with different teachers and receive different grades on a level playing field,” ACT remarked...
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