MIT Reinstates the SAT/ACT Mandate for Admissions


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said on 28th Mar’22, that it will once again require students to submit SAT or ACT scores for future admissions. During the pandemic, many schools, including MIT, waived or made optional standardised exam requirements for incoming students.

Students graduating from US high schools in the years 2020, 2021, and 2022 were facing unprecedented stress and obstacles as a result of this temporary change. CollegeBoard, which administers the SAT, announced in 2020 that millions of students would not be able to take the test in the spring of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Colleges and universities were asked to be flexible in their admissions processes.

Stu Schmill, MIT’s Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services, wrote in a new blog post that the assessment of incoming students is improved if he has access to their test results.

Our research shows standardized tests help us better assess the academic preparedness of all applicants, and also help us identify socioeconomically disadvantaged students who lack access to advanced coursework or other enrichment opportunities that would otherwise demonstrate their readiness for MIT. We believe a requirement is more equitable and transparent than a test-optional policy”, says Stu Schmill. He added that, “performance on standardized tests is not the central focus of our holistic admissions process. We do not prefer people with perfect scores; indeed, despite what some people infer from our statistics, we do not consider an applicant’s scores at all beyond the point where preparedness has been established as part of a multifactor analysis. Nor are strong scores themselves sufficient: our research shows students also need to do well in high school and have a strong match for MIT, including the resilience to rebound from its challenges, and the initiative to make use of its resources”.

The College Board has sought to make the SAT more practical. The organisation said in January that it will phase out traditional pencil and paper exams in favour of all-digital exams beginning in 2024 in the USA and 2023 in other countries. The test will be administered at testing facilities, and the time allotted for it will be reduced from three to two hours. The College Board also announced that each question will have more time allotted to it, and that reading passages will “show a broader range of topics that represent the works students study in college.”

Apart from MIT, many other Universities are in the process of reinstating the SAT requirements for future admissions cycles. Georgetown University is requiring applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. So are some public universities, such as Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida.

Also, many leading Indian universities like –

  • SRM University
  • IIIT (Allahabad, Delhi), IIITDM (Jabalpur, Kancheepuram)
  • BITS Pilani (Vidya Vihar Campus)
  • NIT (Agartala, Arunachal Pradesh, Calicut, Uttarakhand, Tiruchirappalli, Jalandhar, Goa Srinagar, and more)
  • School of Planning and Architecture (Delhi, Bhopal, Vijayawada)
  • Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (Bhopal)
  • SP Jain School of Global Management

and many more accept the SAT scores. For students applying for undergraduate admissions abroad, the SAT score has been an important factor in the application process. Since 2018, approximately 35 of India’s top universities and over 50 institutes have begun to accept SAT scores as part of their admissions process, and the number of institutions continues to expand.

For more clarity or information regarding the reinstating of the SAT scores by MIT, other universities or SAT Acceptance in India, you can get in touch with the experts.

Source: https://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/we-are-reinstating-our-sat-act-requirement-for-future-admissions-cycles/


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