Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities have stated that the graduating classes of 2021 and 2022 would not need to meet an SAT score requirement to get into their schools. Although many student still had access to test centers to take the SATs during the pandemic, there were also students with high-risk family members and underlying medical conditions that could not attend a test center to take the test. This, of course, was not fair to those students, and many colleges have recognized that.
In March of 2020, when almost every school district nationwide had to resort to remote learning, many students were cut short of education because it was very difficult to learn from home. This carried over into the following school year. Even though school districts found software for remote schooling where students could video chat with their teachers and classmates, learning did not become easier. So, when it came time to take the SATs, students found it tough to recall any material that they learned during the 2020-2021 virtual school year.
The colleges and universities that decided to disregard the SAT scores have received a lot of support along with a lot of opposition. Graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 feel that getting rid of the requirements benefits them because of their difficulty with learning over the past year and a half, but students already attending the colleges that had SAT score requirements prior to the pandemic feel that disregarding scores is unfair to them.