The venerable SAT college entrance exam is losing its clout at some colleges and universities. According to The Boston Globe the SAT is “under heavy assault on several fronts.”
According to The Boston Globe article, Amherst College interprets SAT results with perspective. “It is not an intelligence test, and aptitude is going to be strongly affected by opportunity,” said Tom Parker, dean of admission and financial aid at Amherst College, which requires the test. “And the difference in opportunity [between the rich and poor] is almost unimaginable.”
At the same time, the ACT has become increasingly popular. Nearly all colleges that accept the SAT will also accept the ACT with preference. In recent years more college-bound students have taken the ACT than the SAT.
A list of test-optional schools is available at: http://www.fairtest.org/