North Dakota higher ed board temporarily suspends ACT/SAT requirement

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education voted Tuesday, June 30, to temporarily waive the requirement of standardized tests scores through the summer of 2022.

ACT and SAT scores are typically submitted as part of the application process for admission to the state’s 11 colleges and universities. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on when those tests can take place, so the board voted to temporarily waive the requirement through the summer of 2022, as that is the last of the three terms that comprise the 2021-22 recruitment year, the North Dakota University System said in a news release.

“Because (North Dakota) high school students normally take the ACT during their junior year, this fall semester is probably the least of our concerns,” said Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Lisa Johnson. “It’s the following fall semester, 2021, that we anticipate might be more problematic. Additionally, we have anecdotally heard that two-thirds of Minnesota students have not taken the ACT.”

The decision was voted on through the board’s consent agenda during its Tuesday meeting.

Additionally, the board permitted NDUS colleges and universities to accept unofficial copies of high school and college transcripts

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