The ACT/SAT Working Group explored and made recommendations about the advantages, disadvantages, and alternatives of a test optional policy. The group discovered that while the role of standardized testing in higher education has been highly contested throughout history due to its perceived bias, and a recent surge of schools have pursued test optional policies, there is little evidence at Springfield College to suggest that ACT / SAT scores alone significantly impact our admissions decisions.

The group found that, while students with lower test scores could be admitted, the juxtaposition of one’s score, GPA, and financial aid package varied. Understanding that not all students test well, the Springfield College Office of Admissions openly encourages prospective students with low test scores to discuss their concerns. This additional touch point allows the admissions staff to have a more holistic understanding of the student.