SAT or ACT Optional Schools

SAT Optional, ACT Optional

George Washington doesn’t require the SAT or ACT. At least his school doesn’t.

Since we just posted the news of George Washington University joining the ranks of the colleges that have gone test-optional (which means that they’re schools that don’t require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores), we figured we’d update the list of colleges that are test-optional. To be clear, there are hundreds of colleges that are test-optional, but we know that our readers don’t care about the likes of Agnes Scott College (sorry, Agnes!). But some do care about American University, Bates College, Brandeis University, Bryn Mawr College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Dickinson College, Kalamazoo College, Middlebury College, New York University, Pitzer College, Smith College, Union College, Wake Forest University, and Wheaton College.

Note that for some schools, like New York University, the policy is considered “test-flexible” in that the SAT or ACT is not required for admission if other exams are submitted, such as SAT Subject Tests, AP Tests, etc. And it’s important that we note that there are hundreds of test optional colleges. We just happened to have cherry-picked some of the more prestigious ones. It’s also important to note that some of the most highly selective colleges in America — from the eight Ivy League colleges to Stanford, Duke, Caltech, MIT, Northwestern, Chicago, Wash U, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and several we haven’t listed here…they’re not test-optional. They still require either the SAT or the ACT.

So while the movement towards colleges being test-optional is indeed a growing one, it still hasn’t impacted many of the most selective colleges in America. Do you think it will impact these institutions soon? We’re curious to hear your thoughts on the matter so give a shout below by posting a Comment. And, while you’re here, check out the extensive list of test-optional schools, compiled by “FairTest.”


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