- Being more sensitive to perceived socioeconomic and cultural biases
- Revamping, making optional or even eliminating the Writing section
- Making the SAT’s content more reflective of high school curriculum
Also of note: Of the 88% of colleges and universities surveyed that require either an SAT or ACT score for admission, 99% say they have no plans to drop the requirement.Other key survey results:
- On Grade Inflation: 60% of college admissions officers think grade inflation is a problem; of this group, 60% say Advanced Placement courses contribute to the problem. (Grades in AP courses are weighted more heavily into a student’s GPA than are non-AP courses.)
- On AP Courses: Only 10% of college admissions officers say an applicant’s AP test scores are “very important,” while nearly three times as many (27%) say it’s “not at all important” (37% say AP scores are “somewhat important” and 26% say they’re “not very important.”)
- On College Application Essays: A strong majority of college admissions officers (68%) say that they’d describe less than a third of applicants’ personal essays as “excellent or outstanding.”
- On Plagiarism: 10% of college admissions officers say plagiarism is a “somewhat” to “very” serious problem among applicants; 10% of admissions officers also use anti-plagiarism software to catch relevant cases among applicants.