Hofstra University to become ‘SAT-optional’ in 2015

Hofstra says in 2015, students will no longer be required to list standardized test scores when they apply to the school. (6/27/14)

HEMPSTEAD - Hofstra University says it is no longer going to look at standardized tests when reviewing applications.

Starting in fall 2015, Long Island’s largest private university will join close to 800 other schools that are “SAT-optional.”

“We know that the best predictor of future success is not the standardized test, but it's the record of work in the classroom," says Melissa Connolly, of vice president of university relations. Connolly adds that allowing students to decide whether to submit SAT or ACT scores will help reduce stress for students during the application process.

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Briarcliff College in Bethpage is also among the four-year schools that don't require SAT or ACT test scores. Briarcliff’s website, however, does “strongly encourage” applicants to submit them.

A spokeswoman for LIU Post says the school is also considering the policy, but that no decision has been made.

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