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The College Board's Pivot on Testing- What Does It Mean?

The only certainty in college applications for the Class of 2022 and beyond is that rituals are changing. The College Board announced Tuesday, January 19th they will no longer administer the optional essay-writing section - a section most schools have eliminated pre-Covid and Subject Tests are now the way of the dinosaur.

  • SAT Subject Tests Eliminated - A significant change is the elimination of the SAT Subject Test. Students with strength in certain subjects previously had the option to showcase that ability through the SAT Subject test. Subject tests were available in areas such as Math, Literature, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, U.S., and World History. Many highly selective schools recommended or required Subject Tests pre-Covid.

  • Digital and Streamlined SAT Exam Coming - Officials said the pandemic has “accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to simplify our work and reduce demands on students.” The College Board also announced the goal to revise the main SAT so students can take the exam digitally. David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, said more information would be coming in April.

  • High School Class Rigor Remains Vital - Strong academic performance in rigorous high school classes remains a top indicator in proving college readiness. Students, take heed in selecting next year's academic classes, as aspirations to perform will find another home in the AP or IB tests. Keep an eye out for pressure on high schools to make these testing opportunities available to students and families demanding adequate instruction.

  • Students Have Many Tools In Their Arsenal - We believe standardized tests are only one of many tools in each student's arsenal to showcase traits that prove they will be successful in college. For example, this winter CPC students are journaling personal stories in their library to showcase their drive, initiative, intellectual curiosity, contribution to others, and diversity of experience.

Each college search and application journal is personal. Check out what CPC parents and students say about our 1:1 support and schedule a chat.

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