Temple to Make SAT Scores Optional for Admission

Designed to attract students who find test-taking tough.

“In an effort to cultivate talented students who don’t test well, Temple University says it will become the first national public research university in the Northeast to make standardized test scores optional for admission,” the Inquirer reports. “Students who opt not to submit test scores will have to answer written questions designed to assess attributes such as leadership, self-awareness, goal-setting, determination, and ‘grit,’ Temple officials said.”

Temple said it will also “monitor and nurture” students who are admitted without test scores, to help them graduate. Those efforts will be paid for with a $225,000 grant from the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation.