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Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The handyman has a tool for everything, but the admissions dean is not so lucky: He must make do with just a few. Every year, presidents and professors expect freshmen who are curious, determined, and hungry for challenges. The traditional metrics of merit, however, can't reveal such qualities. Standardized-test scores may or may not predict a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Admission, Admissions Officers, College Freshmen
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Last year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (Nacac) asked William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid at Harvard University, to lead a panel that would examine testing issues and recommend how colleges might better use entrance exams. The dean and his fellow panelists were to present their findings this…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, College Admission, Deans
Hoover, Eric; Supiano, Beckie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Wake Forest University will no longer require applicants to submit standardized test scores, the university announced last week. The move makes Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, one of the most prominent institutions with a "test optional" admissions policy. The university's decision reveals the increasing complexity of the…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scores, Admission Criteria, College Admission
Farrell, Elizabeth F.; Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
At the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (Nacac), admissions deans and high-school counselors gathered in September 2007 to grapple with questions such as: (1) Rethinking the role of standardized tests in admissions (many attendees predict that psychometric giants ACT and SAT, will not always dominate…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Psychometrics, School Counselors, College Admission
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The college admissions process teaches students how to express themselves during interviews, how to describe their best qualities in application essays. It may also make them wary of college marketing campaigns, and skeptical of being treated as a statistics, due to the large role played by standardized-test scores and grade-point averages. Such…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, College Applicants, Standardized Tests, Marketing
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2002
Discusses how, as the College Board prepares to make changes in the SAT, experts debate how fair the new exam will be. (EV)
Descriptors: Change, College Entrance Examinations, Higher Education, Standardized Tests
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2002
Describes how the College Board has approved a series of changes to the controversial SAT; a writing test will be added, along with new approaches on reading and math questions. (EV)
Descriptors: Change, College Entrance Examinations, Higher Education, Standardized Tests