MIT Reinstates SAT/ACT Requirement for Student Admissions

IBL News | New York

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) announced yesterday that it decided to reinstate its SAT/ACT requirement for future admission cycles, saying that this decision “helps us advance our mission.”

Our research shows standardized tests help us better assess the academic preparedness of all applicants, and also help us identify socioeconomically disadvantaged students who lack access to advanced coursework,” explained the institute.

MIT suspended the testing requirement due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We don’t value scores for their own sake, but only to the extent that they help us make better decisions for our students.”

MIT argued that the performance shown on the SAT/ACT, particularly the math section, substantially improved the predictive validity of their decisions.

MIT is not using predictive analytics, although it has “a dedicated research and analysis team that studies our processes, outcomes, and criteria.”