School Testing: No SAT Scores Required

A certain Paul Wellstone of Arlington, Va., scored lower than 800, out of a possible 1,600, on his SAT test. But the University of North Carolina accepted him anyway, and he went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa. Now he's a fiery U.S. Senator fighting against the high stakes that attach to standardized tests. "Some students," he says, "just think and learn in a different way."

Even though a record 1.26 million high school students took the SAT this year, more and more colleges are heeding Wellstone's call. This year Mount Holyoke became the sixth elite liberal-arts college in the past...

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