Harvard drops standardized test requirements for this year’s applicants

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John Harvard statue at Harvard University’s main campus in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)

(CNN) — Harvard said it will not require applicants to submit an SAT score in 2021. It’s an announcement Monday that is likely to impact other colleges and universities.

The decision comes after growing criticism that the SAT and ACT standardized tests unfairly penalize students of color. Admissions officers say the pandemic has also created a difficult learning and testing environment for high school students.

Harvard’s decision is temporary, but many institutions of higher learning are looking at making the policy permanent. More than half of all four-year colleges and universities in the nation will no longer require standardized testing this fall. Many are looking at admissions policies that don’t require the SAT going forward.

Supporters said not requiring standardized tests gives colleges more diverse and better-qualified applicants.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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