Test optional admissions became more prevalent as COVID came and upended our lives, several exam centres were shut down, making access to SAT and ACT exams so much more difficult, colleges began adapting by eliminating the SAT/ACT score criterion.
The National Association for College Admission Counselling, reported that approximately 1500 colleges and universities in the USA had transitioned to test-optional college admissions processes.
But now, many of these schools are jettisoning this admission style and returning to having standardised testing as a mandatory criteria for admissions.
The following schools have returned to Test Required admissions processes for the Fall 2023 admissions cycle:
Many other schools have yet to announce their Test requirements for the upcoming and future admissions cycles; and some, like Purdue University have opted into Test Flexible admissions styles. Meaning, they prefer you take the test and submit scores, as long as you're able to do so.
It's expected that several other schools will be updating their admissions requirement as being Test Required, especially for 2024 and beyond. If you simply don't prepare to take any standardised tests with the hopes that your dream college will remain test optional, you might find yourself in a stalemate at the time of your application.
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