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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Bryn Mawr Goes "Test Flexible"

June 4, 2009

Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania has adopted a new standardized testing policy, that will take effect for students applying this fall.

Bryn Mawr's new "test flexible" policy follows similar to standardized test policies recently announced by Hamilton, New York University and Colby College.

Under Bryn Mawr's new "test flexible" policy, students will be able to select the standardized tests they feel best characterizes their academic ability.

The New Testing Policy for 2010

Students wishing to enroll at Bryn Mawr for the fall 2010 semester will now be able to submit results from:

The SAT Reasoning Test and a combination of two different SAT Subject Tests and/or two AP tests or
The ACT or
A combination of three SAT Subject Tests and/or AP tests in the following areas:
English, history or languages and
Math or science and
One subject of the student’s choice but in a subject different from the other two (only one non-English language may be submitted)

From the Bryn Mawr website:

Bryn Mawr College, hard on the heels of an admissions year bringing a record number of applications, has completed a review of what enables success in its highly selective undergraduate college. Finding that subject-oriented tests are often more informative than other standardized tests at Bryn Mawr, it has opened more options for tests submitted with applications.

“Our new ‘test flexible’ policy will allow Bryn Mawr applicants to select the standardized tests that they believe best represent their academic potential,” stated Jenny Rickard, Bryn Mawr dean of admissions and financial aid. “Let me emphasize, these tests are just one of the many factors we look at as part of our holistic evaluation process and that’s not going to change. A student’s course selection and performance in high school will continue to be the most important academic information in an application.”

The policy sets a new precedent for the use of Advanced Placement (AP) tests in the admissions process at Bryn Mawr and allows for an option that focuses exclusively on subject mastery.


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