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Which Universities are NOT test optional?

Are you still deciding whether or not you should plan to take the SAT or ACT for the 2023-2024 college application cycle? Let us offer you some insight so you can make a more informed decision about the current test optional policies.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Boston, Massachusetts

The following programs are NOT test optional for the 2023-2024 college application cycle:

Why are some Universities NOT test optional?

Many universities that are highly competitive are now requiring SAT or ACT scores as a way to curb the number of applicants to their university and ensure students that are applying are highly qualified in all areas. Last year, Purdue University was one of the first to announce they were requiring scores.

Why should I take the SAT or ACT when it is test optional?

Standardized tests are being utilized in various different ways. Often, they are used as a threshold to determine who qualifies for merit based scholarships. Additionally, they are used as a way to make a student appear more competitive if they have highly qualified scores that are seen as being above average than the rest of the applicant pool.

I am still unsure of whether I should take the SAT or ACT.

Well you came to the right place even though things may appear to be test optional! Reach out to us via email at or call us at +1.317.995.9294 to hear more about your options. Additionally, you can schedule a no-obligation consultation here.


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