What Does ACT or SAT Optional Mean?

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A test optional college or university is one that does not require applicants to submit SAT and ACT scores as part of the admissions process.

Over the past dozen years, many colleges have tweaked their application processes to put less weight on SAT and ACT scores, or make submitting them entirely optional. There are now nearly 1,000 accredited test optional colleges and universities. The University of Chicago is the latest selective college (it has a seven percent acceptance rate) to go ACT and SAT optional.

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