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Rhode Island School of Design launches test optional policy

September 1, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An art and design college in Rhode Island says it will no longer require standardized test scores for admission.

The Rhode Island School of Design said Friday it’s launching a “test optional admissions policy” to broaden access for students from diverse backgrounds.

Beginning with first-year applicants for entrance in 2020, RISD in Providence won’t require SAT or ACT results for U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants who are citizens of other countries and those who were homeschooled will still have to submit SAT or ACT results to provide a clearer picture of their academic history.

RISD joins a growing group of test-optional schools.

RISD President Rosanne Somerson says the ability of a standardized test to measure students’ academic capabilities is increasingly questioned, and may privilege applicants in particular demographic groups.

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