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ACT and SAT not required for admission to UK in 2021-22

Studying for and taking the ACT and/or the SAT really sucks, but now prospective UK students won’t have to do it.

Beginning next year for UK’s 2021-22 academic calendar, those tests that high schoolers hate will no longer be required to get into UK. The school announced it is going “test-optional” for admission, meaning more students will have access to higher learning on UK’s campus.

From the news release released Thursday:

National research, as well as our own institutional data, indicates that for many students, high school GPA alone is a significant predictor of academic success.

And for some students a standardized test score may not show all that they are capable of and tell the full story of their potential. A test-optional admissions policy allows the applicant to choose whether SAT or ACT test scores will be considered as part of the admission review — letting the applicant decide how best to tell their own academic journey.

The release also notes this current fall semester was also test-optional due to the COVID outbreak back in the spring, so it appears that standardized tests used for college admissions could be one of the casualties of the pandemic, along with office parks and shaking hands and pants with buttons.

[ACT, SAT Optional for Admission to UK in 2021-22]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for ACT and SAT not required for admission to UK in 2021-22

  1. UKinIN
    10:17 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

    And it’s easier to manipulate a GPA than a test where you’re being observed.

    • Good Times
      10:31 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Agree. In Louisville, a GPA at DuPont Manual is not equivalent to the same GPA at a vast number of other schools in the city (including the one I went to). Seems like they would need to account for this my considering the overall strength of the school as well (maybe they’re already doing this?).

    • katsrock
      11:39 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

      “Studying for and taking the ACT and/or the SAT really sucks”

      No, it doesn’t.

      “meaning more students will have access to higher learning”

      No. it doesn’t.
      It means more UNQUALIFIED students will be admitted to UK.

      UK is again kowtowing to the liberals who want fewer whites and more minorities admitted to the school. Get rid of the racist ACT/SAT scores, they say, and we’ll have JUSTICE in the admitting process.

      A win win for UK. When these ‘students’ drop/flunk out, UK gets to keep their tuition payments and scream from the mountain top how diverse they are.

      Apparently Drew wants us to believe he is ignorant of the agenda of his beloved liberals.

    • Megan
      11:48 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Mankind’s capacity to game the system, to manipulate any and all things for selfish ends, is boundless. You see it everywhere. What does it say about our species? I don’t know how we live with ourselves.

      People. They’re the worst.

    • Megan
      12:25 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Is katsrock saying people of color are less qualified to go to college? Because … they’re less intelligent than white people? And don’t deserve their GPAs? And therefore should be less accepted by colleges? Which should be more reserved for white people?

      Yeah, it’s hard not to hear all that. And that’s just repugnant.

    • Corder
      2:31 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      You hear what you want to hear and it seems like your mind is always thinking about race instead of thinking about the real things that are being done and stated. Affirmative action is one of the worst things put in place when it comes to education. The best person for the position should get that spot and should have nothing to do with race.

    • Corder
      2:32 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Are you saying that minorities should have help getting into college because you don’t think they can do it on their own merit. Sounds a bit racist to me.

  2. ukyelecteng
    10:30 am August 14, 2020 Permalink


  3. ComfortablyNumb94
    10:54 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Good. For those that don’t know the ACT is supposed to be non-profit and they have continuously abused this fact:

  4. UKFanSC
    11:37 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Really ? So a formal evaluation of basic language and math skills that apply equally to all prospective students to determine their respective preparedness for college is optional ? Why ? We continue to eliminate anything that puts a score next to people’s names. It’s not politically acceptable to rank, exclude, or question. Let’s give everyone participation diplomas and call it a day.

    • UKrailbird
      11:52 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

      ^^^ This

  5. Megan
    11:37 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

    Lowering admission standards and accepting a higher dropout rate to increase admissions and tuition revenue during a pandemic. I suppose my only concern would be the ethics of taking money from the families of marginal students ($12,476 for resident undergraduates, $32,347 for out-of-state) when you know a higher percentage of them are less likely to succeed in their first year. On the other hand, some kids will take advantage to become success college students, which is a primary indicator of higher future earnings. So maybe for the ones who don’t make it, return some of the tuition?

    For many students, high school GPA alone is a significant predictor of academic success. We’ve always known that. We’ve also always known that for many more, GPA combined with the ACT or SAT is a better predictor. In fact, that is the very purpose of the tests: to predict academic success in the first year of college.

    The news release tries to make it sound like they just learned some new information, that all they really need now is GPA. But that’s just spin. It sells better than nakedly admitting they’re relaxing their admission standards to accept more students and more tuition in a difficult environment. Once that environment is healthy again, just you watch. Standardized testing will make a comeback.

    • UKFanSC
      11:50 am August 14, 2020 Permalink

      If only this were truly rooted in tuition revenue shortfalls. It isn’t. It is another misapplied accommodation to “social justice”. Most public debates on the topic revolve around racial disparity in scores and how “institutionalized
      white advantages” cause it.
      I think that is the most likely reason. Level the playing field by lowering standards.

    • UKrailbird
      12:18 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      I hate to say this about my alma mater (1965-1969), but this is just another educational institution’s attempt to take advantage of the pandemic in an effort to advance their politically correct ‘social justice’ agenda. Liberal academia at its finest!

      This now allows them to call you racist if you disagree with this new policy.

  6. T-Town Cat
    12:13 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    UK continues to lower their standards wind dumb down the student population. UK once proclaimed how their goal was academic excellence and becoming a Top 20 public institution. Not any more. This puts them on the level of a Junior College with their admittance requirements.

  7. ClutchCargo
    2:26 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    I can tell most people here have not read the actual news release. Congratulations on freaking out over the carefully selected, out of context excerpt.

    • runningunnin.454
      4:46 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, guess they missed that ACT and SAT exams were canceled, and continue to be postponed.

  8. Jambluehue99
    9:54 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

    This will just encourage more unqualified students to go to college where many will fail. Academia has created the myth that a college education is a condition of future success. For many it is, but not for those who aren’t qualified and who drop out. We have all but made skilled labor dirty words, and in the process done more harm than good to those who never should have gone to college in the first place. Lowering admission standards will not improve the education standards. It will either lead to more drops outs, or a substandard education. This is a step backward, pandemic or not.