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One of Long Island's best universities is joining many others in no longer requiring standardized test scores on undergraduate applications.
Incoming students applying for the Fall 2015 semester will have the option of withholding their SAT and ACT scores on their applications to the Hempstead university.
The change gives students the "ability to decide for themselves how to best present their academic strengths and abilities to the admission committee," the school said in a statement. Furthermore, it will "allows each individual student to decide whether — or not — the standardized test results accurately reflect his or her academic ability and potential."
Hofstra made the decision after consulting with admission professionals and faculty along with a study performed on national and Hostra-specific data, they said. They study showed that "the best predictor of success in college is a student’s high school academic record and the performance of day-to-day work in the classroom," not standardized test scores.
While submitting scores is not required, some applicants may still elect to submit scores with their applications. Applicants who submit scores will have them added to a "comprehensive review" of their credentials while those who withhold scores will have their entire records scrutinized as part of a "holistic" review, said the school.
International and home-schooled applicants will still have to submit their specific test scores.
Hundreds of universities do not require SATs, including dozens in New York State.
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