Test optional, test flexible, and test blind refer to admissions policies with reference to the SAT or ACT. There may be slight variations between colleges as to exactly what these terms imply.
‘Test Optional’ means it is not mandatory for students to submit their SAT or ACT scores as part of their application. For colleges that have a test optional admissions policy, the applicant’s high school academic record is the most important assessment criteria. Next in importance are the applicant’s personal essay, recommendation letters, extracurricular activities, and the personal interview. A test optional college may be a great choice for you if you prefer that colleges assess your application based on another important factor, like your high school grades or accomplishments.
Colleges that have a ‘Test-Flexible’ admissions policy allow applicants submit various standardized test scores to support their application. Every college has their own list of scores that they will accept. Some may accept International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement exam scores. While others may accept the scores of the ACT Assessment Test or the SAT Reasoning Test. You must find out the details from each school so you know which test scores you are required to submit.
‘Test Blind’ means students are not required to submit any standardized test scores. There are several variations of this admissions policy. Some colleges may exempt applicants who have scored above a certain grade point average. While others may leave it up to the student to decide whether or not they want to submit their scores.
If you are unclear about a school’s admission policy, make sure you call and clarify so you know whether or not you are required to submit your test scores.
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