The Washington Post

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College admissions: When high school courses matter most: College admissions officers around the country are submerged in applications. At this time of year, we are faced with the nearly impossible task of finding the best mix of students for our institutions based on some combination of grade point average (GPA), class rank, written essays, personal interviews, extracurricular activities and, at some schools, test scores. Since Wake Forest University dropped its SAT requirement and became test optional with the entering class of 2009, I have found myself frequently cornered in the grocery store, the dentist’s office and the hair salon. My voice and e-mail boxes are filled with urgent questions from prospective students and parents about how to boost their chances of admission. Chief among them: “How can you measure academic performance without the SAT?”

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