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RIP to the SAT

Will one university’s decision to scrap the test send shock waves across higher education?


Episode Notes

If you had to take the SAT for your college admissions process, you largely have the University of California system to thank for that. When the university adopted the test in 1968, hundreds of other colleges followed suit. But now, UC has decided not to use standardized tests in admissions anymore. Could the decision spur a retooling of the college admissions process more broadly?

Guest: Teresa Watanabe, education reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.