2021-22 Test-Optional Colleges

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

2020-21 test optional schools UPDATED: List of Colleges Extending Test-Optional Policies

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the college entrance exam testing industry, which resulted in a number of colleges shifting to test-optional admissions process for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. In fact, two-thirds of four-year colleges and universities will not require SAT or ACT scores for the 2021-22 admissions cycle.

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Limited testing availability for both the ACT and SAT in 2020, and the decision to not move forward with at-home testing, has forced colleges and universities across the US to suspend the requirement for SAT or ACT scores as part of the admissions process. Now, more than 1,600 colleges and universities in the US are extending their test-optional policies through the 2021-22 application cycle, with some making the move to test-optional even longer or permanent.

72% of colleges and universities adopted test-optional policies last year, and now, according to Fair Test, 65% of four-year colleges and universities in the US are test-optional for the 2021-22 application cycle.

Cornell University and Columbia University were the two first Ivy League schools to announce that they are extending their test-optional policies for the 2021-22 admissions cycle.

Earlier in 2020 when schools first announced they were going test-optional, over 400 colleges and universities affirmed that students will not be penalized for the absence of SAT or ACT scores with their applications this fall. However, some schools still made it clear that they value these scores in some capacity, so they were encouraging students to submit them if they already have them. US News and World Report has also announced it will rank test-blind colleges, giving more flexibility to schools that have decided not to accept test scores at all this year and in the next admissions cycle.

Curious if any of the colleges on your best-fit list are extending their test-optional policies? Keep reading to learn more about which institutions are putting a pause on requirements for SAT and/or ACT scores.

*Source: FairTest.org, Individual university websites

While there have been significant changes to the college search and application process due to COVID-19, it is possible to feel confident about your applications by doing your research and preparing accordingly. If you are in the midst of your own college search and looking for expert guidance, our team of college admissions counselors can offer personalized insight.

Also, check out our IvyWise Knowledgebase for the latest updates on how COVID-19 is impacting admissions, and download our free 2021-22 College Prep Guide for information and insight on how to prepare for college admissions this fall.

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