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National Center for Fair & Open Testing

Schools which have deemphasized their use of ACT and SAT in admissions decisions. It includes colleges and universities which ignore ACT/SAT scores even when they are submitted, those that allow all students to choose whether their scores will be considered, those that extend this option only to applicants who meet other criteria (usually minimum class rank or GPA requirements; and those who allow other types of standardized exams (AP / IB / Subject Tests / Local Exams / Placement Tests) to substitue for the ACT / SAT.

Find a "Fair Test College or University

This list includes colleges and universities that deemphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT. Advocacy group FairTest, supports the "test-optional idea which refers to a College who admits "substantial numbers" of students without using ACT or SAT scores.for colleges to de-emphasize SAT and ACT scores by not requiring them.


Bard, Bates, Bennington, Colby, Middlebury, NYU and Colorado Colleges do not to require the SAT or ACT. It's far more significant when a competitive college such as Colorado College drops the SAT mandate than when a marginally competitive college goes test-optional.

Colorado College, a very selective liberal arts school, announced it would adopt an "alternate" testing policy that allows applicants to submit Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate scores in place of the SAT or ACT.

Colorado College will add a third option to the traditional ACT/SAT requirement. Instead of those tests, students may submit three exams of the applicant's choosing from a list of "acceptable SAT or ACT sub scores, SAT II Subject tests, AP or IB exams, or the TOEFL test for international students."



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