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US universities are reinstating SAT scores. Experts say it will exacerbate racial inequality

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Pandemic-induced SAT/ACT closures led to test-optional admissions, boosting underrepresented communities’ enrollment. However, some schools, including Ivy League, reinstated test requirements, citing them as success indicators. Critics argue this benefits wealthy, white students and risks diversity. Schools reinstating tests are mostly private institutions with large endowments or public state institutions in red states. Despite a small number of schools requiring tests, they set a national standard. Test-optional policies increased applications from first-generation Black and brown students. Some fear reverse discrimination suits if they maintain test-optional policies. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continue with test-optional admissions. Experts recommend a holistic review emphasizing GPA scores for diversity. More resources for historically

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