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VIDEO: How NKU is “testing blind” in 2021

November 1, 2020

Beginning in the 2021 fall semester, NKU has announced that it will be using a “test blind” application format for incoming students, no longer requiring an ACT or SAT score to be submitted. The decision was made based on research suggesting that ACT and SAT test scores may not be the best indicator for college readiness. According to the director of undergraduate admission, Melissa Gorbandt, and the dean of honors college, James Buss, students in minorities or who come from a low-income household can often be at a disadvantage when it comes to taking the ACT or SAT, which can reflect in their overall scores. NKU honors college has been using a “test blind” admissions format since the 2019 fall semester and have found that the GPA’s of those students at college have been higher than they were in previous years when using test scores.

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