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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast


Feb 20, 2024

In the wake of the 2020 global pandemic, every U.S college and university announced test-optional or test-blind admissions, leading some pundits to predict that the influence of standardized test scores in admissions decisions was over. Based on recent announcements from a suite of public and private schools, nothing could be further from the truth. Amy and Mike invited educator Brian Eufinger to share the state of test-optional admissions in 2024.

What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. As of early 2024, what is the state of test-optional admissions?

  2. What is the interplay between grade inflation and post-pandemic admissions policies?

  3. How do students know whether to submit scores or not?

  4. What does the term 'miswithholding' mean?

  5. Will more schools follow Dartmouth and MIT to test mandatory admissions?

MEET OUR HOST

Brian Eufinger graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2004. While an undergrad, he enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for Political Science 101, a resident advisor (RA) and as a volunteer paramedic with WashU’s Emergency Support Team.

Brian is frequently invited to speak about test prep, college admissions, and scholarships at PTSA meetings at Atlanta-area high schools as well as Edison Prep’s free parent meetings. Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the National Test Prep Association. He is an active member of Washington University’s Young Alumni chapter in Atlanta, as well as the WashU Alumni Admissions Interviewer Program.

Brian was our guest to discuss THE REALITY OF GRADE INFLATION (#28), SELF-PREP FOR THE SAT & ACT (#131), SHOULD I TAKE THE ACT WRITING TEST? (#271), TESTING GAMEPLAN FOR THE CLASS OF 2025 (#432), and CELEBRATING OUR 500TH EPISODE

(#500). He also facilitated our 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR IN REVIEW (#100).

Find Brian at https://www.edisonprep.com.

LINKS

Truth About Test Optional

What Does Test-Optional Mean?

RELATED EPISODES

TEST SCORES: TO SUBMIT OR NOT

DO TEST OPTIONAL POLICIES DRIVE EQUITY?

WHAT DO TRULY TEST-OPTIONAL COLLEGES FOCUS ON?


ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS

Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.