Kaplan Test Prep just released the findings from its 2013 survey of college admissions officers. As you’ll see from the points below, there was a heavy focus on the planned 2015 SAT and ACT overhauls. Here are some highlights:
• Admissions officers from 422 U.S. colleges participated in the survey. 4 of the 422 schools were top 10 schools.
• 72% of admissions officers agree with SAT test makers’ decision to change the SAT.
• According to the admissions officers surveyed, the following elements of the exam require change: revamping or eliminating the writing section, making the test’s content more sensitive to socioeconomic and cultural biases, and making sure that the exam better reflects high school skills and curriculum.
• According to a Kaplan survey back in March, only 39% of students (as opposed to adcoms) said that the SAT should change; 35% said that the exam required no changes; the remaining were unsure.
• 87% of adcom surveyed agreed that the ACT needed to be updated from a paper test to a computer-based exam.
• 24% of adcom believe that content changes should be made to the ACT (though the ACT test makers have no current plans to do so).
• 99% of the colleges that require an SAT or ACT score said that they have no plans on dropping that requirement. (NOTE: Only 88% of colleges surveyed required an SAT or ACT score.)
• 60% of admissions officers believe that grade inflation is a problem.
• 10% of college admissions officers say that AP scores are “very important”; 27% say that they’re “not at all important”; 37% say they’re “somewhat important”; and 26% say AP test scores are “not very important.”
• 68% of college officers say that less than one-third of application personal statements are “excellent or outstanding.”
See the Kaplan press release for more details.