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    Understanding the Test-Optional Summary Report

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    • High School subscribers who have used flags to tag all students in the most recent graduating class who did not submit test scores with their application.

     

    The Test-Optional Summary report enables you to see the impact of test score submission on admission results by institutional selectivity and academic performance.

     

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    Unlike the Test-Optional Detail reports, this report aggregates all test-optional institutions by national selectivity and compares Test vs No Test results by high school academic quintile. This approach allows you to look for broader patterns when considering test-optional strategies for your students.

    This report helps answer one question:

    • How do institutional selectivity and applicant academic performance influence test-optional admissions?

    This question can be answered by comparing Test vs No Test admission rates by institutional selectivity and looking for trends.

    EXAMPLE

    First, let’s take a look at the Test vs. No Test results for the 1st quintile students applying to very selective institutions.

     

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    • Top quintile students had a GPA between 3.43 and 3.98
    • Applications were submitted to 50 schools with an overall admission rate <25%
    • In total, 92% of applications included a test score and accounted for 94% of all admittances
    • The mid 50th percentile range of admitted students submitting test scores was 3.68-3.91 (GPA), 1470-1550 (SAT) and/or 32-35 (ACT).
    • The mid 50th percentile range of admitted students applying test-optional had a GPA ranging from 3.47 - 3.81.
    • The resulting admit rate was 39% vs. 25% for applications without test scores

    On the surface, the data points to a 14% admission rate advantage for top quintile students applying to very selective schools with test scores.

    Now let’s look at 4th Quintile students applying to least selective institutions:

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    • 4th quintile students had a GPA between 2.73 - 3.02
    • Applications were submitted to 21 schools with an overall admission rate of 75%
    • In total, 50% of applications included a test score and accounted for 50% of all admittances
    • The resulting admit rate was 75% vs. 75% for applications without test scores

    In contrast to the earlier example, this suggests there is no difference in admission rate between applying with or without a test score and that applicants in this quintile can comfortably apply test-optional without penalty.

    By exploring the aggregated data by national selectivity and academic quintile, you may be able to uncover some insights that refine/improve your test-optional strategy. For example:

    • All applicants to very selective schools should submit test scores whenever possible
    • All applicants to less selective schools with a minimum GPA of X can freely apply test-optional
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