Equity in Standardized Admissions Testing 

*Counselors - Consider including details on how your students are impacted in your letters of recommendation to colleges and universities. 

As many of you are aware, NACAC and International ACAC recently released a statement (see below) urging standardized testing flexibility for Class of 2018 applicants due to test cancellations outside the United States. These issues have the potential to significantly disrupt equity and access to students from abroad pursuing education in the U.S.

In order to help colleges and universities to which students are applying understand the depth of this problem, we are encouraging school counselors to include language in their letters of recommendation that highlights how your applicant may have been affected by these standardized testing issues. This could come in the form of a paragraph inserted into an applicant’s letter of recommendation, or as a separate boilerplate document that you use for all your applicants applying to schools that require standardized testing. For sample language to adopt, you may want to refer to the NACAC and International ACAC Statement. 


SURVEY RESULTS on College and University support for international students experiencing standardized admissions testing challenges.

International ACAC Calls for Equity in Standardized Admissions Testing for Students Worldwide

ARLINGTON, VA - October 3, 2017 - The majority of universities in the US, in addition to many universities around the globe, require standardized testing as a significant qualification to apply for admission. Because this testing is required for university admission, International ACAC believes the testing agencies and universities must make sure all students have equal access to these test dates.

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NACAC and International ACAC Urge Testing Flexibility for International Applicants for Class of 2018