Let's value grit over grades

Resuming a debate that has arisen occasionally, some US colleges have announced that they will no longer require applicants to provide standardised test scores, but instead will look to high school grade-point averages (GPAs) and subjective information.

The institution I lead, Purdue University, will not be joining that group. A review of all the data tells us that no admissions criteria that ignores either the SAT or ACT examination can predict with equivalent accuracy a student's college performance, or his or her best placement level in critical freshman courses such as mathematics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2018, with the headline 'Let's value grit over grades'. Print Edition | Subscribe