Flying Without The Test

MOUNT HOLYOKE has made the SAT optional. An inside look at how the experiment is working

Should we give a spot to Susan? That's the question before a roomful of admissions officers at Mount Holyoke College. Susan, who has top grades and gushing recommendations, could surely prosper here. But what more, they wonder, would she bring to this cozy all-women's college in South Hadley, Mass.? Giulietta Aquino, Susan's advocate on the six-member committee, ticks off a few of her accomplishments. She is a decorated horseback rider aiming for the Olympics who commutes three hours a day between her home, school and horse barn but still finds time to tutor immigrant children and work as a physician's scribe...

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