College Admissions Covid-19 Updates

Here are some updates on College Admissions requirements during Covid 19 for the Class of 2022.


SAT Test Optional vs. SAT Test Blind

Under a test-optional policy, colleges still welcome test scores from students who choose to submit them and consider them a valuable data point and part of the review process if testing is available. At the same time, they are confident in reviewing a file without a test score and still rendering a fair decision—in other words, students without scores are not disadvantaged.

In contrast, if a school is test blind, it means they will not consider standardized testing at all. Even if you have a 36 on the ACT, or a 1600 on the SAT, and you send it to them, they will not consider it as a part of your fil


Every school that previously required or recommended SAT Subject Tests has, at this point, amended their policy to either be Subject Test blind (MIT permanently, Yale for this year) or be clear that Subject Tests are now optional (Harvard, Dartmouth, Duke, etc.). Georgetown also specified that they will welcome AP scores in lieu of Subject Tests, which was a policy they began last year.

All of Oregon’s Public Universities no longer require submission of the SAT and/or ACT for admission.  Please double-check requirements for scholarships as some may still ask for SAT scores.

The University of California Regents voted to suspend SAT and/or ACT requirements for admission through at least 2022.  This affects all 9 campuses, including UCLA, UC Irvine….).  This will mean that for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 admissions will be Test Optional.   In 2023 and 2024, admissions will be test Blind.

How will this affect the Class of 2022 and beyond?

Most of the test-optional policies adopted by colleges and universities this year now being extended through 2022. A number of schools had already been considering making the jump to be permanently test-optional.  Some schools are launching longer pilot programs—for example, Tufts University will be launching a three-year pilot program and reevaluating after that, and the University of California system announced a five-year plan that includes test-optional, then two years of test-blind admissions for residents, culminating in the creation of their own test.

Policies are changing quickly, but we will keep you as informed as possible. If you have specific questions about how to navigate test-optional or test-blind admissions, please contact Mrs. Krouse.

FairTest.Org  has always kept a database of schools that don’t require the ACT/SAT.  They now have an updated list of test-optional and test-blind schools.