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COVID-19 Accelerates the Test Optional Trend

Due to the current suspension of activities, universities understand the difficulty in taking the SAT and ACT as many had planned.

COVID-19 Accelerates the Test Optional Trend
In the middle of this uncertainty, we need to remember that there is always a positive side in every situation. We bring good news to the future recruits who dream to become student-athletes in the upcoming years. 
 
Due to the current suspension of activities, universities understand the difficulty in taking the SAT and ACT as many had planned. Thinking in a way to give every student an opportunity and equal chances to be considered, many colleges are dropping the SAT and ACT requirements for admissions.
 
Among these institutions is Boston University a well-known and highly ranked university. BU announced they will go test-optional for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. "We are responding to the shifting landscape, with juniors in high school not able to access testing, and we wanted to be flexible."
 
Over 1,100 colleges are currently test-optional and more colleges are adapting their admission system and announcing the changes.
 
Tufts University is another example of a big-name school that announced a three-year experiment, and all the public colleges in Oregon went test-optional permanently: "In Oregon, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University announced that they would no longer require the SAT or the ACT, permanently" said Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed.
 
Kevin Kropf (Executive Vice-President for Enrollment Management of Drury University) has also pronounced: "This move is in the best interest of students for a number of reasons, but the cancellations and postponements of ACT and SAT tests nationwide because of the COVID-19 pandemic add new urgency and make now the right time to make this chances for future Panthers".
 
Many colleges are adopting new approaches beyond the test-optional such as, waiving their deposit or lowering the price and extending deadlines.
 
This is the time to take action, colleges are expanding their horizons and opening their doors for their future students.
 
Do not miss any opportunity and keep working on your recruitment process because it will not stop.
 
For more information or to start your college selection and recruiting process, please write to contact@universitysports.com
 
The USP Team
 

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