Ensuring All Students Have Access to Higher Education:
The Role of Standardized Testing in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

NACAC’s report on standardized testing is a much-needed call on colleges and universities to examine their ACT and SAT policies and practices. As NACAC CEO Angel B. Pérez noted, “As a profession, we must find the courage to examine our habits and policies, and we must adapt if we are to continue to fulfill our duty to the public good.”

The 2020 report is the result of a years’ worth of discussion and deliberation among an expert group of NACAC members who formed our Task Force on Standardized Admission Testing for International and US Students. The report examines the inequities associated with standardized testing for college-bound students and calls for solutions that can help bring about needed change to the admission process.

“This is a year to reexamine any mandatory use of testing as part of enrollment operations, for both practical but also ethical reasons,” said John Latting, chair of the task force. “It is a year to be reminded of appropriate uses, and potential misuses, of standardized tests.”


» Report on Standardized Testing

» Statement for Public Institutions and Systems