Test-optional: what does it mean?
Since students all across the country are stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, colleges are beginning to modify their application requirements in order to ensure every student has a fair opportunity in the admissions process. The first step that many schools have implemented is dropping any requirements for the SAT and/or ACT, meaning they are now ‘test-optional’.
What exactly does this mean?
In general, there are four main policies that colleges follow regarding the ACT/SAT:
Below, we have compiled a list of the top test-optional, test-flexible, and test-blind universities, grouped by region. We're sure that like us, many of you are still trying to figure out how to navigate the admissions process during all these rapid changes, so we want to help!
Make sure to check your school's individual testing requirements on the admissions page (linked by clicking on the name), as some schools may have different policies for certain majors/programs or students who are under a specified GPA.
Last updated: 10/10/20
(ME, MA, RI, CT, NH, VT, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, D.C.)
(WV, VA, KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, AR, LA, FL)
(OH, IN, MI, IL, MO, MS, WI, MN, IA, KS, NE, SD, ND)
(TX, OK, NM, AZ)