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FEB 25, 2021
By now you probably know that a large number of US universities have opted to extend the test-optional policies they implemented last year in light of the global pandemic. With countless tests cancelled and many students unable to get to open testing centers in 2020, and with the potential for another year of uncertainty ahead, many colleges have made test scores optional for at least one more year to preemptively ease the burden on students with little or no access to testing opportunities.
While some schools have gone a step further and declared that test scores will be optional beyond 2022 (whether that be for an additional 2-3 years or permanently), many of the most prestigious schools in the nation have decidedly stated that they do not plan to adopt permanent test-optional policies.
Understandably, as schools are at liberty to approach COVID-19 in the best way they see fit, many students are left unsure of the testing requirements for the schools they plan to apply to. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the US universities that have elected to go test-optional in any capacity for the upcoming application year (and beyond).
If the schools you’re aiming for will still require standardized test scores in 2021-22, not to worry! Crimson remains just as dedicated as ever to helping students ace their admissions tests. And if you’re among those who won’t be able to submit test scores, you’ll want to ensure that your qualifications shine through even more in the rest of your application.
To learn more about how Crimson helps students strengthen their grades, test scores, essays, extracurriculars and more to create holistic applications that stand out, click the link below to schedule a free consultation with one of our academic advisors.
Test optional colleges accept but do not require test scores. It’s entirely up to you whether you want to submit your test scores or not. If you’ve done well on your SATs, feel free to show off that score. On the other hand, if your score is below average, you may choose not to disclose your score and work on improving your application in other areas
Test flexible colleges place limitations (like a minimum GPA) on students who apply without test scores. You also can provide other scores such as AP scores, IB grades, or other standardized/placement tests in place of your SAT or ACT.
Test-blind colleges will not consider your test scores even if they are submitted. So you don’t even need to worry about your SAT or ACT score for these colleges!