Uw Regents Poised To Extend Sat, Act Test Exemptions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders are considering whether to extend an exemption to ACT and SAT test requirements for two more years.

In years past all freshman applicants had to supply their scores to the campus they hoped to attend. The system suspended that requirement for regional campuses in May 2020 and UW-Madison in July 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened.

The UW System extended the suspension to include all 2022-23 applicants, following a national trend of colleges suspending score submissions as the pandemic continues.

The Board of Regents’ education committee is set to vote Thursday on whether to extend the suspension through the 2024-2025 academic year. If the committee signs off the full Board of Regents would vote on the proposal Friday.

System officials say continuing the exemption would ensure that applicants who can’t take the tests due to cancellations or experience significant delays in scheduling tests won’t suffer any disadvantage. A system study on how well the tests predict academic performance is expected to be completed by April.