Colleges extend test-optional practices

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Standardized test requirements are disappearing from schools’ criteria for admissions. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – For upperclassmen, the prospect of graduation is never far from the mind. Graduation marks the culmination of years of hard work and dedication in the classroom. Graduating involves various steps, and testing is part of that equation, particularly for people who are planning on attending colleges, universities or going on to pursue advanced degrees. Standardized test requirements are slowly disappearing from schools’ criteria for admissions. The COVID-19 pandemic may have helped accelerate that disappearing act. According to Edmit, an educational financial planning resource, the concept of a test-optional school is not new. Since the mid-2000s, various universities have included test-optional clauses in their admissions policies. It means that students’ standardized
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