College Admission Requirements Changing at Some Schools

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VIRGINIA Good news for those students who suffer from test anxiety.

Old Dominion University is launching a two-year pilot project, joining other schools no longer requiring students with a strong academic record, to attach their SAT or ACT scores to their application.

Other schools in Virginia trying this method include George Mason University, Christopher Newport University and Virginia Wesleyan College.

Wake Forest University, in North Carolina, is one of the most selective schools, which has adopted this policy.

The Vice President of Student Engagement at ODU hopes this change will help level the playing filed. She said, standardized test scores are not a strong indicator of a students' success, and hopes this change will bring in a larger, and more diverse class.

While some students are excited about this change, others like Leah Candler said including these exams makes them a more well-rounded applicant.

"I feel like it's almost crippling to a student. If a college just looks at GPA, I feel like, it limits the student and doesn't show what else they are involved in, that they are still hard workers," said Candler.

Local SAT prep instructors said, this change will not impact the way they teach. They said, GPA is very dependent on geography and don't see competitive schools moving towards this trend.

That being said, the SAT is changing to look more like the ACT, which is the biggest change students will see, going through these prep courses.


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