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US Universities that have adopted Test-Optional Policy

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

With the pandemic and the emergence of 'Black lives matter', many related issues have resurfaced in the education sector. With people accusing the standardized test of practicing discrimination towards people of color and low-income families, many top universities have shifted to Test-Optional and Test-flexible policies.

And with the lockdown, some universities have decided to end the test requirements and rely solely on students’ GPA and other related factors.

The Test Optional policy will allow the students to decide if they want to submit their SAT/ACT scores in their college application.

Some colleges practiced this policy just during the pandemic period. In contrast, more than 1000 institutions plan to implement the test-optional policy permanently.

The top US colleges have adopted a Test-optional policy for the year 2023.

  1. Stanford University

  2. Harvard University

  3. Yale University

  4. Princeton University

  5. Penn State University

  6. Brown University

  7. Dartmouth College

  8. Cornell University

  9. Columbia University

  10. Boston University

We recommend that students give their SAT and decide whether they wish to submit the score as they fill out their college applications. It might be optional now, but students can keep the SAT/ACT as a backup for their university applications.

We know and understand that the application process can be overwhelming; we are here for you. The study abroad experts at Hello Study Global are with you every step of the way. From the SAT to college applications, we will guide you to success.

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