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More and more colleges have decided not to require SAT or ACT scores as part of admissions review. Over 1000 schools are now “test optional.” Typically, these colleges will require something in lieu of test scores such as an additional essay or graded writing sample, or an interview.
The stipulations vary from college to college so it is important to truly understand the requirements around standardized tests. Some colleges, known as “test flexible,” will substitute SAT subject tests for the SAT or the ACT.
Many assume that the "test optional" schools are the less selective colleges, but in fact, several top universities, including Wesleyan, Bowdoin, and Bates use this model.
For a complete list of test optional college and universities, visit fairtest.org.