Augsburg University ditches tests for admission

Work began in 2018 to begin phasing out test requirements.
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Augsburg University has announced it no longer is requiring tests, such as the ACT or SAT, as part of its application process. 

With the pandemic adding more risks — and obstacles — to test taking, the new policy takes effect immediately for the 2021 and fall 2022 application cycles. 

Though the pandemic played a factor in the decision, the move also comes in connection with a four-year pilot test-optional admissions policy

“It’s expected to help prospective students complete their applications during the pandemic when navigating test taking and scheduling is more challenging,” said Devon Ross, director of undergraduate admissions, in a press release. “The shift also supports our Strategic Enrollment Management vision to approach all we do with an anti-racist and anti-biased lens.”

The university says it decided against testing in part because of research showing that standardized test scores do not always reflect an accurate indication of academic ability, especially with existing inequities in the education system such as unequal access to test preparation courses or an ability to afford to retake the test, as well as language barriers. 

"This also aligned with Augsburg‘s holistic admissions process, which looks at quantitative metrics and beyond. The application-review process allows Augsburg to maintain the university’s academic standards and ensure the university admits students with the capacity to succeed here," the press release reads. 

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