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Anna De Windt

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Restricted CORE Hall of Fame Paper

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[Excerpt] In 2019, over 2.2 million high school students took the SAT test in the United States, which is a 4 percent increase over 2018 (“Over 2.2 Million Students”). The standardized test has been around for almost a century, and it has become a common measurement for college admissions, scholarships, and predicted college success. In the late 1960s, the test optional movement began in Northeast private colleges and still continues to grow in current day. The movement began when several colleges started to abandon the standardized test requirement for college applications and admissions. The motive behind the movement is to reach minority and low-income students who have less preparation and lower scores on the standardized tests (Weissman). The test optional movement has the purpose to increase diversity through the college application process. Currently, several other universities, including Ivy Leagues, have made the standardized test requirement optional for 2021 high school students due to the pandemic of COVID-19.