Ivy Schools Announce Test Optional for Class of 2025

Penn, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, and other Ivy League schools will not require  SAT and ACT test scores for applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.

After College Board and ACT testing agencies canceled and postponed multiple test dates amid the coronavirus outbreak, the schools joined numerous others in deciding to no longer require the SAT or ACT in the coming admissions cycle.

Although students will be able to submit the standardized test scores, those who do not submit will also be considered.

In May, Penn Admissions announced that SAT Subject Tests would be optional, neither required nor recommended, for applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Many highly selective schools, including MIT, have announced the decision that Subject Test scores will not be utilized in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.

On April 22, Cornell University became the first Ivy League school to adopt a test-optional policy for SAT and ACT scores for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Columbia University, Dartmouth College and the other Ivy schools have also made the SAT and ACT optional for students applying in the upcoming admissions cycle.