The Epitaph

California colleges adjust admission prerequisites temporarily in light of pandemic

Colleges may rely heavily on an applicant’s extracurriculars and hobbies instead of academics, when selecting students to admit.

By Jane Park

April 25, 2020

All California universities and colleges — including UCs, state schools, community colleges and private colleges — have temporarily changed their previous grade- and test-based standards for admission due to COVID-19, according to EdSource.  Colleges are known for heavily basing their admissions on statistics, but many schools are planning to switch to test optiona...

Dropping SAT, ACT requirements amid a pandemic benefits those with test anxiety, socioeconomic challenges

The SAT and ACT discriminates against those with economic disadvantages and needs to be removed as a requirement for college admissions.

By Saanvi Thakur

April 21, 2020

When entering high school, most students have a checklist to complete before graduating: subject tests, AP tests and most importantly, the SAT or ACT. These tasks are all top priorities for students, and for good reason.  SAT and ACT scores count as one of the mandatory factors a majority of U.S. college...

Abolish the SAT requirement from college applications

The SAT has caused much unnecessary stress and creates an unhealthy mindset.

By Jane Park

March 24, 2020

Schools all over the nation are closing due to  the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the SATs and ACTs scheduled for March, April and May are canceled or postponed at local high schools and colleges which serve as testing sites. Spring test dates are vital for current juniors because it gives them more opportuni...