College Guide


September 12, 2012 11:00 AM Some Tests, Whatever Tests

By Daniel Luzer

Many colleges have lately started to experiment with making standardized test scores voluntary for admissions decisions, but this latest plan may well be the first “whatever test” plan.

Beginning next year the University of Rochester will no longer require all applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. It will, however, apparently require them to submit their scores on some sort of tests. According to a statement issued by the institution:

Beginning fall 2012, the University of Rochester Admissions Office will become “test flexible,” allowing applicants to the undergraduate College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering to submit any national or international test result along with their secondary school records of courses and grades.
Jonathan Burdick, dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Rochester, explained that… “many prospective students ‘test well’ on general standardized exams, and bring that ability to campus, while some are best at mastering specific material in subjects that interest them most, and bring that diligence and focus. Both kinds of students can thrive at Rochester, and both will do best when they find each other here and develop many ways to collaborate and challenge each other.”

More specifically, the new policy allows prospective students to submit SAT subject exams, Advanced Placement tests or International Baccalaureate tests.

But how about if they just submit their IQ scores? They’re supposed to track pretty closely to SAT scores. Can that count?

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Jonathan Burdick on September 13, 2012 8:17 AM:

    Sure. An applicant who submits an IQ score along with the course listings and grades will earn a comprehensive and thoughtful read from us. Only risk is that I may answer "best wishes elsewhere; you appear too much of a nerd, even for us."

    J Burdick
    Admissions at Rochester