Texas Universities Hope to Keep Test-optional Policy Running Stay Permanently


Mrunmayai Bobade
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 03:51 PM IST

During the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, most Texas universities turned SAT or ACT optional. Now with a spike in admission, they are hoping to keep the policy running permanently. Though there are still a few universities that do not see any changes. 

Texas Universities Hope to Keep Test-optional Policy Running Stay Permanently

With the emergence of COVID-19, almost all Texas public universities turned SAT or ACT scores optional for admission. However, as things are getting back to normalwith in-person standardised exams available again, the majority of universities in Texas are still running test-optional until the next academic year.

Even before the pandemic, some universities were running test-optional, following state law. The law allows the Texas students who graduated in the top 10% of their high school classes to get admission automatically.

Texas A&M University's executive director Chris Reed said that a lot of schools are grateful for this opportunity, adding, "now we have a living, breathing dataset to evaluate some of those assumptions.

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Texas A&M has extended their policy through spring 2023, while Stephen F. Austin State University in East Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas have decided to carry on the test score policies through the fall intake of next year. On the other hand, Texas Tech University has extended its policy until 2025.

Some other schools like the University of Houston, Texas State University in San Marcos and the University of Texas at Tyler are yet to make their decisions on test score requirements. Apart from them, there are certain institutes such as Sam Houston State University, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, that have extended the test-optional policy indefinitely.

Though it is still uncertain whether the most selective public university in the state will continue to remain test-optional past this fall.

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Meanwhile, several universities in Texas have said that they have witnessed a spike in applications after the test-optional policy, while there are still a few institutes that saw no to fewer changes in the diversity of students who enrolled.

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Source: The Texas Tribune

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