Record 1,785+ Schools Are Test-Optional For Fall 2022

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for immediate release Wednesday, October 6, 2021

RECORD 1,785+ SCHOOLS ARE TEST-OPTIONAL FOR FALL 2022;

MORE THAN 3/4 OF ALL U.S. COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES

WILL NOT REQUIRE ACT/SAT SCORES FROM CURRENT H.S. SENIORS;

MOST COMMITTED TO EXTENDING POLICIES THROUGH FALL 2023

At least 1,785 U.S. colleges and universities will not require ACT or SAT scores from applicants seeking to enroll in fall 2022 according to an updated list released today by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).  More than 76% of all U.S. bachelor-degree granting institutions now practice test-optional or test-blind admissions, an all-time high.

“The record number of admissions offices waiving testing mandates reflects widespread satisfaction with those policies,” FairTest Executive Director Bob Schaeffer explained. “Schools that did not mandate ACT/SAT submission last year generally received more applicants, better academically qualified applicants, and a more diverse pool of applicants.”

Schaeffer continued, “Evaluating applications without regard to test scores has become the new normal in undergraduate admissions. More than half of all colleges and universities in the nation have already committed to remaining test-optional or test-blind for fall 2023 applicants. We expect the final percentage to be much higher.”

FairTest has been the leader of the U.S. test-optional admissions movement since the late 1980s when the non-profit organization published “Beyond Standardized Tests: Admissions Alternatives that Work.”  At that time, fewer than three dozen colleges and universities did not mandate ACT or SAT score submission from applicants.

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics currently recognizes about 2,330 bachelor-degree granting colleges and universities which enroll first-year students.

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-  FairTest’s frequently updated directory of test-optional, 4-year schools is available free online at https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional -- sort geographically by clicking on “State”.

-   A chronology of schools dropping ACT/SAT requirements with details about the duration of those policies is at:http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Growth-Chronology.pdf

-  A sub-list of 85 campuses with test-blind, score-free or test-free policies (ACT/SAT results not considered if submitted):  http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Test-Blind-Admissions-List.pdf