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What is the difference between being test-optional and suspending a testing requirement?

We have described our policy as a “suspension” of our testing requirement, rather than a “test-optional” policy, because the latter term implies that we are indifferent as to whether a student who has taken the exams should submit their scores. We encourage students to send scores if they have them, because they help us make better admissions decisions. However, given the disruptions caused by the pandemic, we cannot and will not require them for an application to be considered. While we can’t know what the future holds, we do expect to return to requiring the SAT/ACT once it is possible for everyone to take tests safely.

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