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State of College Admission Testing Conversation from NACAC

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

This podcast conversation with test expert and admission provocateur Akil Bello, admission officers from Pomona and Williams, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling's Chief Education and Policy Officer, explores how SAT and ACT are actually being used today, what their value is, and what the future of testing-- and admission-- looks like.

I highly recommend that parents listen to this conversation to understand how things have changed dramatically since those of us in Gen X applied!

Listen or read the transcript via the image link below.

As more colleges become test-optional, admissions officers are tasked with defining the value of ACT/SAT tests—what they convey about students, and their level of importance on the admission process. As standardized testing policies shift with each incoming class of students, our guests today look at in which ways removing the exams promotes access and equity to the college admission process, whether students should test when it’s optional, and the long-term impacts of test-optional policies on college admission. 

Guests: David Hawkins, Chief Education and Policy Officer at NACAC; Twink Williams Burns, Strategic Advisor for Admission and Financial Aid Community Engagement at Williams College; Akil Bello, Senior Director of Advocacy and Advancement at Fair Test. Moderated by Eddie Pickett, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions and Director of Recruitment at Pomona College.

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