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This Silicon Valley college is dropping its SAT, ACT requirements

ATHERTON (KRON) - Menlo College announced it will no longer require its American undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores, starting with the fall 2019 entering class. 

"By taking this step, Menlo has determined that a test-optional policy will help even the playing field for students," the school said in a statement Friday. 

College officials say high school GPA's are a better indicator of a student's success in college, according to a study of 995,774 applicants to 28 U.S. colleges and universities by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. 

The study compared institutions with test-optional policies for applicants against others that require testing.

According to the report, the standardized tests "fail to identify talented applicants who can succeed in higher education."

Menlo College says it is proactively responding to address a historical bias that says the ACT and SAT disadvantage black, Latino and American Indian applicants. 



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