Test Optional Colleges
Recently, I was presenting to a large group of college bound high school juniors and sharing information about the college admissions process. I spoke about the overall admissions process with students and reviewed each potential component of a college admissions application, including the admissions application, the transcript, potential interviews, letters, activity list, and so on. Students did not seem concerned about collecting letters of recommendation, doing well in their high school courses, or even about writing the college essay. However, when discussing the standardized testing requirements that many colleges still have, there seemed to be a lot of angst in the room. Many families expressed their concern over the cost of standardized tests and many students shared that they feel anxiety during high stakes testing or feel that they are just not strong test takers. It was clear to me as a presenter, that most prospective college students found the standardized test requirement to be the most stressful part of the college admissions process.
After hearing this from so many students, I thought that I would share a very helpful resource with college bound students to hopefully lesson some of the stress that you may feel related to standardized tests and how they relate to college admission.
While there certainly are many undergraduate institutions that do require the SAT or the ACT as part of the admissions application, it is GREAT NEWS that there are well over 800 universities that do NOT require standardized tests. YES, over 880 educational institutions where the SAT/ACT is optional at their 4-year universities. The complete list of Schools That Do Not Use SAT or ACT Scores for Admitting Substantial Numbers of Students to Bachelor Degree Programs can be found on the FairTest website.
This is a great resource and this college list on the FairTest website is current as of Fall 2016. The list highlights colleges and universities that deemphasize the use of standardized tests (SAT and/or ACT). There is more detailed information on the FairTest website related to this list of colleges that do not require tests for admission and it is helpful guide to those compiling their college lists now. For those students who feel that they do not score well on standardized tests or for those who just want additional options, this website provides a handy resource related to colleges that do not require test scores. Certainly worth the time to check in out before you finalize your list of colleges ~ in some cases it may make sense to include one of these colleges on your college application list. Food for thought! Hope this resource is helpful to you!
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