SAT requirements create an unfair advantage for students who come from wealthier families that are able to pay for private tutoring. Studies, such as one through Princeton University, have shown that dropping the requirement improves both GPA and diversity of admits.
Pepperdine, alongside many other colleges nationwide, decided to not require standardized test scores on the admission application this year. This decision not only led to higher application rates for the upcoming academic year but also more anxiety for applicants wondering if they will get accepted.
International students should be given the opportunity to test out of some introductory-level classes. All students deserve equal educational opportunities at Pepperdine.
Art by Jessica Ragsdale News about Pepperdine’s recent ranking as U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 50th National University in the United States quickly spread throughout campus. Plenty of Seaver students were proud to share the news to family and friends, making sure they knew exactly how strong our university stands in comparison to others. […]
Standardized testing provides invaluable data on educational trends
Art by Peau Porotesano Standardized tests: You couldn’t have gotten into Pepperdine without taking at least a few of them, and even before the dreaded SAT or ACT, there was a slew of standardized tests throughout primary and secondary school. But why? Standardized tests began in the U.S. “as the Industrial Revolution … took school-age […]
Art by Brooke Muschott Rightfully so, the SAT has been tossed aside in the minds of many college students. The intimidating standardized test that caused so much stress to our high school junior and senior selves has diminished into a stepping stone on our quest for higher education. For the past few days, however, the […]