Some Meaty Testing Information

I am happy to have organized a session at NACAC in Milwaukee last fall that made headlines: Bill Hiss unveiled Bates College’s very thorough study of 20 years of testing optional admission policies. It revealed that the differences between submitters and non-submitters in terms of their performance and results at Bates were insignificant. I don’t think a more thorough study has been done. Everyone who works in admission should take a look at it. It can be found on the Bates website at

About Will Dix

I am currently writing a book about college admission. I'm interested in the intersection of the college process and American culture. I attended Amherst College in the 1970s, taught high school English and theater at The Hill School in the '80s, returned to Amherst in the '90s as an admission dean, and began the '00s as a college counselor at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. I then joined Chicago Scholars as Program Director. Currently, I blog about college admission for I also help community organizations serving low income students understand the college admission process so more students can consider gaining access to higher education. I have a few private college counseling clients that I take by referral only. The views expressed in this blog are mine alone.
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