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Test Optional Universities

Changes in US admissions

In light of the cancellation of most standardized tests across the world, an increasing number of US universities are announcing special arrangements regarding their requirements for SAT and ACT for the class of 2021. We have collated the latest updates from institutions and present them here(last updated: Aug 28, 2020):

Here is a spreadsheet of over 330 US universities and colleges that are test-optional / test-blind for international students. Please note that this is an external resource, not compiled by ISF staff, so caution should be used when reviewing the information contained within. Please double-check by reviewing the information listed on official institutional webpages.

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TEMPORARILY WAIVING ACT/SAT REQUIREMENTS FOR 2020 ADMISSIONS ONLY — updated April 16, 2020

This article separates schools which will go temporarily test-optional (i.e. just for 2021 entry) from the ones going permanently test-optional, and also has a link for existing test-optional schools.

MIT has made the decision to no longer consider the SAT Subject Tests as part of the admissions process.

Harvard have said that new applicants ‘will not be disadvantaged in any way if you do not submit subject tests’.

UPenn have announced that ‘SAT Subject Tests will be optional for the 2020-21 Admissions Cycle’.

The University of California group – known informally as the UCs – have said they are ‘suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission’.

Earlier this month, the Scripps College Board of Trustees voted to adopt a test-optional policy for admission, making the submission of SAT or ACT scores optional for all applicants.

Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) is introducing a test-optional policy for all undergraduate applicants for a 3-year period starting with applicants who apply for the Fall 2021 semester.

Northeastern waives STANDARDIZED TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR 2021-22 APPLICANTS

Haverford Adopts Test-Optional Policy

Claremont McKenna adopts test optional policy for fall 2021 applicants

Some sage advice – and reassuring words of unity – from Bryn Mawr College.

Yale announces test-optional policy for 2020-2021 undergraduate admissions cycle

Columbia Admissions drops SAT Subject Test, standardized writing requirements

Dartmouth College is test optional for the Class of 2025. Please refer to Dean Coffin’s blog for more information.

The University of Washington has removed the requirement of standardized test scores, such as the SAT and ACT, for incoming students.

Johns Hopkins is adopting a test-optional policy for students applying for entry in the fall of 2021

Rice University testing policy update for 2020-2021 Applicants

Northwestern adopt a test-optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020–21 admission cycle