US Universities go test-optional as SAT/ ACT get cancelled due to coronavirus COVID-19

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Sep 18, 2020 07:21 IST

As the title suggests, many universities abroad are going test-optional as SAT/ ACT are being canceled. What it means for students and whether this arrangement is here to stay? Read on to have all your questions answered.

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Universities in the US have called off their SAT/ACT eligibility criteria and gone test-optional as the world fights a failing battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While most bachelor programs in the US require students to appear or their SAT or ACT, however this time around given the current situation, US Universities are going test-optional for the academic year starting 2021.

While universities like the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)University of CaliforniaTufts University and Davidson College have put in place this arrangement for the next three years, some universities such as the University of Oregon and Oregon State University have permanently gone test-optional. However, many universities plan to go back to the earlier format once the current situation is history.

While US Universities going test-optional is likely to increase the number of applicants, however, this would also mean more applicants competing for university seats. Hence, candidates are required to apply early to universities to book their admission slots. Students can get in touch with our Shiksha Study Abroad Counselors for more on the same.

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List of Universities and Colleges that have temporarily waived off SAT/ACT requirements due to COVID-19

Here is a list of universities and colleges that have temporarily waived off SAT/ACT requirements for study abroad admissions 2020 due to coronavirus COVID-19. (we will be updating this list as more colleges follow suit.)

*the list of universities/colleges have been sourced from fairtest.org

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What is SAT?

SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is required to be taken by students seeking admission to undergraduate schools. The full form of SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test, which was earlier known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test. SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates. Applicants aspire to pursue undergraduate courses, particularly in the US and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam.

What is ACT?

The ACT is administered by the ACT, Incorporated. ACT full form is American College Testing. It is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students looking for admission in undergraduate schools based in the US and Canada. The ACT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, mathematical, verbal and scientific skills of the candidates.

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With over 8 years of experience in overseas education, Rahul Singha has been previously associated with prominent education houses. He is also responsible for keeping a sharp eye on education policies of major study... Read Full Bio

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