CBSN: University of California goes test optional

The University of California system will no longer require students to submit ACT and SAT test scores as a part of their college application requirements. Akil Bello, the senior director of advocacy and advancement for The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, joined CBSN to discuss.

US Standardized Testing 2020. The view from America

I join David Hawkins, The University Guy from the UK, to discuss what’s going on with US standardized testing in the US context, as well as the history of test-optional admissions.

Test Optional for 2021 Admissions

I joined my friend NACAC President -elect Todd Rinehart of University of Denver to talk about disruptions, test optional and admissions.

EdCast 150 — The Optional SAT and College Admissions

Linda Hirsch speaks with Akil Bello of Why are more colleges going “test optional”? What will be the effect of this diminished reliance on the SAT and ACT for determining college admissions?

Harlem Business Alliance Summit

At the 10th annual summit, I discussed the 10 Greatest Mistakes I made as an entrepreneur.

How I Got Into College

I discuss my journey to college, the current state of the quest for college admissions, my career and the many mistakes I made along the way.

The Test and the Art of Thinking

The Test & the Art of Thinking examines this the SAT through interviews with students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals and academics, to provide a fascinating look at this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues in our educational system — and our society as a whole.


I join Ken Anselment and discuss my career path.

The Crush

Davin Sweeney and I try to register for the SAT and are stunned by the complexity and number of hurdles.

Making Test Prep Affordable

I chatted with NPR about my test prep company, Bell Curves.