Get Briefed on Standardized Testing – NACAC

Here’s an e-mail from NACAC, announcing their online Briefing Room about standardized testing. You can also view the original message.

Admission directors from Johns Hopkins, New York University, Choate Rosemary Hall, and members of the NACAC Commission discuss the latest trends in admission testing

Visit the Briefing Room

Grades in college prep courses, as well as the strength of curriculum, have always been trusted as solid predictors of college success, and year after year, admission officers have rated them as the most important factors. While those factors closely tied to secondary coursework have received the most attention from admission offices, another factor, standardized tests, has been gaining steadily in importance over the past few decades.

The debate over the station of standardized test data in the admission process has prompted NACAC to take a closer examination of this widely used criterion. In 2008, NACAC’s Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admission released a report with recommendations for best practices. The Commission, which consisted of both admission officers and college counselors, revealed the disparities inherent in test preparation, warned of the potential for test misuse, and promoted the positive effects of proper test use education.

To help stakeholders in the admission process stay abreast of the latest research and developments affecting this important topic, NACAC has created a new Briefing Room edition focusing on Standardized Admission Testing. This resource conveniently combines historical and contemporary perspectives on standardized tests, providing the various theories behind testing practices in an easily digestible format. The accompanying podcasts will enhance your perception of these concepts with interpretations of test data and predictive validity from admission directors at selective institutions and members of the Commission.

The Briefing Room has also enhanced its podcast format, providing a new visual component to help you take note of all the crucial topics discussed by each featured guest. If you have questions about the content, or if you want to expand on topics discussed inside the Briefing Room, visit the MemberToMember community, where a discussion about standardized tests has begun.

NACAC is an Arlington, VA-based education association of more than 11,000 secondary school counselors, independent counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers, and organizations that work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. The association, founded in 1937, is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice. More information about NACAC is available at

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