BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to normal life.
For some students, it’s disrupted a very important process- the college application process. In order to make this period easier for students, Bloomsburg University has decided to make standardized testing optional in the university’s admissions process starting this winter semester.
“Primarily this is a response to what our students’ situations are at home right now. There are many students who will not have access to take these tests. If they’re a requirement to get into college that presents a barrier,” Chris Lapos, Associate Vice President of Admissions
Lapos says many SAT and ACT tests have been cancelled or postponed during the pandemic. He says accessibility is a priority to the university.
“We want to continue to fulfill that mission while making sure that students have the preparation necessary for success at college,” Lapos said.
So what will admissions look at instead?
“We’ll assessing students on a variety of factors. We’re gonna be looking very careful at course content that was taken. If they have honors classes or if they have dual enrollment classes at a university, we’ll certainly consider that. AP courses. We’re looking for fundamental college preparation,” Lapos said.
Admissions staff say next semester will be a pilot for being a test optional school in the future.
“We’re gonna see how it goes. We’re committed to assessing how our students start college and how they complete that first year. And we will make that decision at that time whether we want to stay with this or whether we want to go back to the SAT/ACT,” Lapos said.
Lapos estimates the test optional admissions process will continue until the next fall semester.