Last spring, the coronavirus swept the country, shutting down K-12 campuses, which are common SAT and ACT testing sites. Despite the difficulties students faced sitting for the exams, most four-year colleges discontinued their testing requirements for at least the fall 2021 admissions cycle, the notable exception being Florida’s public universities.
FairTest, a nonprofit that lobbies for fair uses of standardized exams, has tracked at least 1,680 schools that were test-optional for fall 2021, and it “is certain” 1,200 or more institutions won’t require them for most or all fall 2022 applicants, its interim executive director, Bob Schaeffer, wrote in an email Friday. The fall 2022 list includes the more than 1,000
Schools that went test-optional before the pandemic. Others to announce extensions include the University of Pennsylvania, Adelphi University in New York, and the College of Charleston in South Carolina. By promoting test-optional extensions, schools both recognize that many admissions testing sites remain closed and lift a burden off potential applicants,” Schaeffer wrote, noting FairTest anticipates more institutions to follow suit in the coming weeks.