Welcome to FairTest

FairTest works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.

Test Optional Colleges

What's New


Colleges and Universities Are Test-Optional or Test-Free for Fall 2025 Applicants

Report: Why College Admissions Should Remain Test Optional/Test Free

With the pushback of certain media outlets and reinstitution of standardized test requirements by an exceedingly small number of competitive colleges, we thought it a good time to respond to arguments made in favor of testing, and lay out arguments and compile studies, data, and resources in favor of test optional and test free admissions. Read theFairTest Report.

Promoting Equity and Excellence Through Performance Based Assessment: A FairTest/NEA Report

     On May 11, 2023, the NEA and FairTest convened educators, school and non-profit leaders, academics, and assessment experts for a series of panel discussions on the development and implementation of performance based assessments (PBA) as a mechanism for deeper learning and student equity.  We examined the requirements for high quality assessments and scaling their use, how  PBA can interact with state accountability systems, policy reform that would nurture their development, and the validity and reliability of PBA as measures of student learning.

The link is below.  We encourage you to read and circulate the report.


FairTest works for usage of educational assessments to enhance student learning and outcomes and to improve school quality rather than to punish students, teachers, and schools.

Higher Education

FairTest works to end overuse and misuse of admissions tests, which research shows provides only limited predictive validity and disadvantages women, low-income students, and underrepresented minorities.

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For all inquiries contact:

Harry Feder: harry@fairtest.org, 917-273-8939 OR

Bob Schaeffer: bobschaeffer@fairtest.org, 239-699-0468