Two-Thirds of 4-Year Colleges Will Not Require Tests for Admissions

Impact of the pandemic continues into the 2021-22 academic year.

August 9, 2021
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It looks like this year will be another in which testing may not be part of the admissions process, at least not for all students.

A new tally finds that more than 1,600 four-year colleges and universities will not require students to submit ACT or SAT scores to be considered for fall 2022 enrollment. That is more than two-thirds of the 2,330 bachelor-degree institutions in the United States.

The list of ACT/SAT-optional and test-blind colleges was released today by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), a group that is opposed to standardized testing.

Robert Schaeffer, executive director of FairTest, said: "Nearly all the most competitive liberal arts colleges in the country will not require ACT/SAT scores from applicants for fall 2022 seats. Similar policies will also be in place at a majority of public university campuses."

The major exceptions to the strong test-optional trend, according to FairTest, are public college systems in the deep South, U.S. service academies and some small religious colleges.

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