Trinity (Conn.) Goes Test Optional, Seeks 'Deeper Narrative'

October 6, 2015

Trinity College in Connecticut has announced that it is dropping the requirement that undergraduate applicants include SAT or ACT scores. "Research has proven that high school [grade point average] is a stronger predictor of success in college than are standardized test scores," says a statement from Angel Perez, vice president for enrollment and student success. But the statement also says that becoming test optional doesn't go far enough. So Trinity now plans to ask counselors and applicants to highlight qualities that may not be reflected in grades alone, and will consider evidence of such qualities as curiosity, optimism, persistence, grit and creativity.

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