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List of All Test Optional Colleges 2022 and Beyond

The list contains the test-optional colleges that changed their admission policies due to COVID-19. Some have extended their test-optional policies. This list was last updated (July 21, 2021).

 FAQ About Test-Optional and College Admissions

 

1. Test-Optional vs. Test-Blind

Test optional means that you can still submit your scores (and you should if you can) and universities will take them into consideration. On the other hand, test blind means colleges won’t look at test scores at all.

 

2. For freshmen, should they prepare for SAT/ ACT or wait to confirm or later is test-optional or not?

It depends on your college list. For now, it’s a great time to take the diagnostic test and then strategize to see if you will have an advantage. Special programs and scholarships require ACT / SAT test scores, and the scores can be submitted for placement tests.

 

3. Will I have an advantage with ACT / SAT scores?

Yes! From the 2021 admissions results, we’ve seen those who submitted test scores have a higher acceptance rate than those who did not. To learn more, check out our blog on “Top 3 Tips to Prepare You for College Admissions” or “How to Approach Standardized Testing this Summer“. 

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