Washington’s public universities will no longer require the SAT or ACT

By: | May 21, 2021

Beginning in fall 2021, UW, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College and Western Washington University will become permanently “test-optional.”

Students can submit scores, but they won’t be penalized during the admissions process if they don’t; admissions officers say a high score might benefit a student who wouldn’t otherwise be offered admission, but typically scores won’t be used. And scores won’t determine students’ ability to earn scholarships or placement in university honors programs.

The policy change follows similar moves by public universities in Oregon, California and many other public and private colleges nationwide, and comes at the same time that UW announced that nearly 49,000 students applied for admission next school year, the biggest applicant pool ever.

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