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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 3 comments on University Extends Standardized Test Optional Policy for Another Year

  1. „consideration of important indicators that go beyond standardized testing, such as academic performance“ – isn’t the measurement of academic performance the primary purpose of the standardized tests? What other methods BU now use to assess this quality?

  2. “The average SAT score for those submitting test scores this year is 1438, 78 points higher than last year, when submitting a test score was required of all applicants. The average ACT score climbed to 33 this year, two points higher than last year and the average high school GPA for those applying for admission next year is 3.70, compared to last year’s 3.68.”

    “Fewer than half (41.6 percent) of applicants to the Class of 2025 chose to include standardized test scores with their applications”

    It is quite clear that the applicants this year were not significantly smarter than those from last year, as the one metric that continued to be reported as before, GPA, remained essentially the same. On the other hand, the 60% of applicants who thought that their SAT/ACTs would weigh them down did not report their standardized test score. This means that the reported “average SAT/ACT” is equivalent to the top quartile or so of applicant test scores, not the average score. By separating the two quotes above, this article has purposely misrepresented the situation to make BU look good.

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