ERIC Number: ED292812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Standardized Tests: Admissions Alternatives That Work.
Allina, Amy; And Others
Seven schools that have re-evaluated their needs for standardized college admissions examinations were studied to explore their admissions and innovative testing policies. The schools include: (1) Bates College in Lewiston, Maine; (2) Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine; (3) Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in Cambridge, Massachusetts; (4) Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland; (5) Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; (6) Middlebury College in Vermont; and (7) Union College in Schenectady, New York. Each school has moved away from reliance on standardized tests; the reaction in all has been overwhelmingly positive. Adjusting testing policies at these institutions was intended to reduce test panic and test preparation time, lessen students' fears about their own achievements, and help eliminate cultural and gender biases. Schools in this study evaluated tests for their relevance and found alternatives to heavy reliance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the Graduate Management Admissions Test, and the Medical Colleges Admissions Test. (SLD)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Colleges, Higher Education, Prerequisites, School Policy, Standardized Tests, Test Bias, Testing Programs
National Center for Fair and Open Testing Inc., P.O. Box 1272, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02238 ($5.50 postpaid; quantity--call for quote).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), Cambridge, MA.