Test-optional admissions policies give applicants the choice whether to submit testing. Test-blind admissions policies do not consider scores at all. Test-flexible admissions policies require an applicant to send test scores but allow them to submit other standardized test scores in lieu of the SAT or ACT (think 3 Subject Tests instead of the SAT or ACT).
In light of testing uncertainty due to the Covid pandemic, including cancelled SAT and ACT test dates and testing center closures, more than half of US colleges and universities are now test-optional for 2020-2021, with some adopting permanent test-optional policies.
As your college list takes shape, you may find that some of your schools are test-optional or test-flexible. With an increasing number of schools adopting alternative testing policies, it’s important to know what that means, and how it could affect you as you prepare to apply to college. To be Test-Optional or Test-Flexible means that […]
Not everyone has to take SAT Subject Tests as part of the college application process. In fact, depending on where you are planning to apply, and if you’re taking the SAT or ACT, you may not have to take them at all. Whether you end up needing them or not, it’s important to start thinking […]