June 16, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Some students seeking admission to Old Dominion University won't have to take a standardized admission test.
The university plans to launch a test-optional policy in the fall as a pilot project. Students who have a high school GPA of 3.3 or higher won't be required to take the SAT or ACT.
Old Dominion vice president Ellen Neufeldt tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/T0sydm ) that the goal is to widen the university's applicant pool.
Neufeldt says students from higher income families are more likely to take test preparatory classes, and to take the tests multiple times. This increases their chances of getting a higher score.
She also says high school GPAs are a stronger predictor of success in college than standardized test scores.