Harvard is allowing students to apply for admission next year without submitting SAT or ACT scores, the school announced on Monday. The updated policy on standardized tests comes in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which “has created insurmountable challenges in scheduling tests for all students, particularly those from modest economic backgrounds,” it says on its website.
The Ivy League college says the temporary change should address the challenges presented by the pandemic, which greatly altered life as we knew it. Standardized tests are just one factor in Harvard’s “whole-person admissions process,” the school says. “Accomplishments in and out of the classroom during the high school years – including community involvement, employment, and help given to students’ families are considered as part of our process.”
Applicants are “encouraged to send whatever materials they believe would convey their accomplishments in secondary school and their promise for the future,” Harvard says.
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