Brandeis University is shifting to a "test flexible" admissions policy. Until now, applicants have been required to submit either SAT or ACT scores. Going ahead, applicants may continue to submit those scores, or may submit other tests or an "enhanced" academic portfolio. Other tests that could be submitted will now include Advanced Placement tests, SAT subject tests or International Baccalaureate exams. Those who do not want to submit standardized tests can submit a sample of analytical writing and an additional teacher recommendation beyond those required already. Brandeis is calling the program a pilot, and will continue to collect traditional standardized test scores -- after admitted applicant decide to enroll -- so the university can study the impact of the new policy.
Andrew Flagel, senior vice president for students and enrollment, said via e-mail that the shift made because "our experience shows that the rigor of a student’s program and overall academic performance are the best indicators of a student’s ability to take on challenges and excel academically."