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  • Writer's pictureMichele Coleman

Test Optional Colleges

Test Optional Colleges

Over 500 institutions have gone test optional offering more flexibility to students applying to college. View the list at FairTest, The National Center for Fair and Open Testing via

Per FairTest, “This list includes institutions that are "test optional," "test flexible" or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions -- without using ACT or SAT scores -- for all or many applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools. Some schools exempt students who meet minimum grade-point average or class rank criteria; others require SAT or ACT scores but use them only for placement purposes.”

The best way to be sure of the most accurate options is to contact the schools office of admissions to check on clarity. While I still recommend that all students attempt either the ACT or SAT, test optional colleges offer a chance for those who struggle with testing to apply to colleges focusing on their other strengths.


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