The requirement serves as a counterweight to other components of college applications that decidedly favor wealthier students.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H arvard University will extend its policy of not requiring applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for the next four admissions cycles, a sign that the school may eventually elect to scrap the test requirements permanently. While opponents of using standardized-test scores in college admissions frequently make their case by appealing to equity, the practical effect of scrapping testing requirements will have the opposite effect. Harvard’s decision will hurt low- and middle-income students and result in a less well-rounded student body.

The truth is that standardized testing gives a leg up to talented non-wealthy students seeking admission to the nation’s top


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