In search for students, universities test personalityThe Wall Street Journal.
With schools seeking to widen their net in their search for promising students, interest in non-cognitive, or non-academic, assessments has been growing. Of the approximately 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in the US, more than 850 are "test optional", with more than 100, including top-tier schools such as Bowdoin and Wake Forest, dropping the requirement in the last decade, according to Fair Test, a non-profit group critical of standardised testing.
Now, a handful of colleges are going beyond the subjectivity of essays such as those used at DePaul University and are asking students to take personality assessments to determine if they will do well. In the past few months, more than 2,000 high-school seniors who have been granted deferred admission to Michigan State University have filled out a nearly 100-question online 'behavioural inventory' that will help decide which of them gets into the school.
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