URI Plans to Keep Using the SAT

Mar 7, 2014

The University of Rhode Island says it has no immediate plans to stop using the SAT as a requirement for admission, despite criticism that has led to an overhaul of the test.

SAT testing company The College Board has unveiled a series of changes taking effect in 2016, which include fewer obscure vocabulary words and making the essay section optional.

URI Director of Admissions Cynthia Bonn tells Rhode Island Public Radio that her team rarely ever looks at the essay section of the test as it is, but she thinks the other changes will be helpful.

"I'm glad to hear that they're going to be aligning the questions more with the type of learning that supposedly students are learning in high school," Bonn said.

Even with its flaws, Bonn thinks it is unlikely that URI will stop requiring applicants to submit scores from either the SAT or the ACT.

"Institutions that are similar, you know, we are all using it as one piece of the evaluation, and I don't see that changing in the near future," Bonn said.

Several private colleges in Rhode Island have moved to test-optional admissions policies, including Salve Regina University in Newport, Roger Williams University in Bristol and Providence College. Brown University still requires SAT or ACT scores.