Princeton, Yale to Go Test Optional for Another Year


Samarpita Goswami
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 03:05 PM IST

Princeton and Yale have decided to make submission of SAT/ACT scores optional for another year. Those without SAT/ACT scores will be evaluated on the basis of essays, transcripts, and recommendation letters. 

Princeton, Yale to Go Test Optional for Another Year

Princeton University and Yale University have joined their Ivy League peers in the decision to make SAT/ACT scoresoptional for another year due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Now, all the 8 Ivy League colleges will betest-optional at least for the year 2023.

Columbia University has decided to extend its policies till the Fall of 2024 whereas Harvard has extended till the Fall of 2026.

All the undergraduate aspirants may apply for Yale admission with or without SAT scores or ACT scores for the fall session of 2023. Yale has been motivating students who have taken SAT or ACT to include their scores while applying, even if the scores are lower than the middle range of 50%. Those without SAT/ACT scores will be evaluated on the basis of essays, academic transcripts, and recommendation letters. Yale hinted that if the situation improved then it will again decide on test scores in the winter of 2023 admission cycle.

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Princeton University, on the other hand, has taken up the challenges faced by the students as a cause to make test-optional. The authorities assured that the applications will be holistically evaluated and re-assessment will be done on the need of tests for the next cycle.

Above 1,500 colleges inthe USA have decided to not make SAT and ACT scores compulsory for the fall intake of 2023. The policy has been a part of the new normal after the pandemic.

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Academic counsellors expect that this decision to make test-optional will draw a diverse student pool with high academic records to the two Ivy League colleges. The students are now pleased that they will be judged not only on basis of 'scores'.

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Source: Forbes

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