Don’t Send ACT/SAT Scores to Northern Illinois U. It Just Went ‘Test-Blind.’
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Earlier this week, officials at Northern Illinois University announced plans to stop using standardized-test scores in all general-admission and merit-scholarship decisions.
Many colleges have adopted test-optional policies, which allow applicants to decide whether to submit ACT or SAT scores. But Northern Illinois is going a step further. Starting in the fall of 2021, the university’s new “test-blind” policy will cut tests out of the picture on the Dekalb, Ill., campus.
In this interview, the university’s director of admissions describes the bottom-line reason for the policy change: The tests weren’t helping predict student success.