Along with disrupting the lives of everyone around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the college admissions process. Uncertainties about acceptances, financial aid, standardized testing, and extracurriculars have dominated the conversations amidst this process.
Recently, the entire University of California announced that it would be going test-optional. It has been a long held belief that standardized testing puts low-income students and students from underserved communities at a disadvantage in the college admissions process. Yet, how can we begin to level a playing field that has been irrevocably damaged from the start?