George Washington University Makes Standardized Test Scores Optional

Interested applicants of George Washington University will no longer be obligated to submit their standardized test scores. The university is one of the largest and most prominent schools to make SAT and ACT scores optional.

The testing requirement was dropped early Monday, and backs a recently popular belief that a student is more than their test scores.

GWU staff announced that they will seek out more well-rounded applicants, and will concentrate on the student’s grades, coursework, writing skills, recommendations, involvement in school and community, and personal qualities and general character.

The university has openly worried that their previously high, mandatory test scores were a reason for prospective students to cross GWU off their application list.

According to school officials,

“Although we have long employed a holistic application review process, we had concerns that students who could be successful at GW felt discouraged from applying if their scores were not as strong as their high school performance,” said Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton. “We want outstanding students from all over the world and from all different backgrounds – regardless of their standardized scores – to recognize GW as a place where they can thrive.” 

More than 125 private colleges and universities have opted to make test scores optional.

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