University entrance exams under scrutiny, institutions moving to alternative assessment

November 11, 2020
Admissions tests, like the SAT and ACT, are coming under increasing scrutiny, write Brock University Professor Louis Volante, Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies Associate Dean Christopher De Luca, and University of Waikato Professor Don A Klinger. Canadian high school students who wish to attend postsecondary institutions in the United States will notice that many US universities will not require these tests for admission for the fall 2021 semester. The authors write that though some say entrance exams ensure students are prepared for postsecondary success, critics say that the exams make teachers teach to the test and can have racial, gender, and economic biases that disadvantage some students. The article concludes by saying that universities that previously relied on these tests are turning to alternative metrics to decide which students to admit. The Conversation (International)