SAT Wars: New Book Provides Test-Optional Ammunition

University Testing

FairTest Examiner, September 2011

The growing movement to eliminate ACT/SAT admissions testing mandates will get another big boost this fall with the publication of SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions by Teachers College Press. The book provides a roadmap for higher education administrators, faculty, high school counselors and activists who want to move beyond reliance on standardized exams. It was edited by Dr. Joseph Soares, Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University, which dropped its admissions exam requirements several years ago.

In addition to a long chapter from FairTest, the book includes contributions from more than a dozen other experts analyzing the tests’ flaws and how to implement better alternatives. Authors include former University of California President Richard Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Daniel Golden, and multiple intelligences advocate Robert Sternberg, now the Provost of Oklahoma State University. David Hawkins, Director of Public Policy and Research at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) wrote the forward. Several years ago, a NACAC commission urged more colleges to consider adopting test-optional policies (see Examiner

Copies of SAT Wars should be available for shipping in early October. Place your order today at or through your favorite bookseller.