Elite universities look to introduce new admissions tests following ‘controversial’ reforms

The Telegraph is reporting that elite universities are to introduce their own admissions tests to spot top-flight candidates following controversial reforms after the London Schools of Economics and Warwick said they may use additional assessments to decide on applicants from this year.

Previously universities have relied on AS levels, which are taken half way through an A-level qualification as an indicator of the final grades a student will get, and would offer places based on that.

But for the first time since the introduction of AS levels in 2000 universities are pressing ahead with an admissions revolution – introducing their own admissions examinations, interviews and extra tests to decide on candidates.

New reforms have meant that for the first time AS levels in key subjects do not count towards an A-level in a bid to make the qualification harder and many youngsters increasingly don’t see the need to take them.

Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), said he expected to see more top universities introducing extra ways of measuring pupils. He said: “I suspect more Russell Group universities will bring back extra written tests because now we don’t have enough information about those who are applying.

“Written tests are good for selective universities because they want as much information about applicants and these tests will give them that.”

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Do you think it is fair for universities to have their own tests for candidates or does this give yet more pressure to students? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

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