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The Price of SAT Success?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

students-arrested-for-sat-cheating-11093001One 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.

Not Your Average Interview

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

yurtdisi-universite-egitimiThe idea of Rethinking Admissions is challenging. For every forward looking idea that can be incorporated into making the admissions process more humane, equitable, and effective, there is an old idea just begging for reconsideration. That especially applies to the idea of admissions interviews. As the number of applications has skyrocketed, the number of schools interviewing applicants has plummeted. That is, until recently when colleges and universities rediscovered the benefits of having a one-on-one conversation with prospective students. Colleges use the interview as a way to go beyond the written application and numerical data. Interviews add information that can make the difference when making the holistic evaluations admissions officers strive to make. Students also appreciate the opportunity to make their case for admission in person.

One university, however, never gave up on the idea of interviews. As this article by Alison Kershaw┬áreveals, Oxford University has taken interviews into the realm of art. Forget standard openings such as “Tell us about yourself” or “What three words best describe you?”. Oxford makes sure that their interview will truly make you think: