October 6, 2011
by Frank Brown
One of the goals of this Rethinking Admissions blog is to highlight the need for change in the increasingly high pressure world of college admissions. The stress created by the admissions process on students and their families now starts earlier than ever. That pressure has led to ever more extreme measures being created, marketed, and attempted in order to exploit the fears of applicants anxious to gain an edge on the competition.
This latest story from New York is symptomatic of how far some will go in pursuit of that edge. It is also points out alternatives to such desperate tactics that can alleviate the pressure which increases every test season. As more colleges join the test-optional movement, it is possible that students may soon see the day when cheating on the SAT or ACT is rendered unthinkable.