When Test-Optional Isn't Really Test-Optional

It's important to read the fine print
June 16, 2020

This weekend I did a joint college admissions webinar for the alumni clubs of the Ivy+ schools in Southern California, kindly hosted by the MIT alumni club of San Diego. One of the questions that came up afterwards was whether this wave of test-optional policies applies to international students as well.

That's a great question, because in some cases, test-optional applies only to domestic students. Tests might still be required for international students or homeschooled students, and for some scholarships. Those policies will vary from college to college, so it's important to read the fine print.

Note too that the NCAA has temporarily waived the testing requirement for Div I and Div II student-athletes as well.

A request: I would love to do a similar webinar for students whose parents didn't attend really fancy schools, so if you have a particular organization in mind, please shoot me a message! I'm always pleased to volunteer for that.

Anna Ivey is one of the founders of Inline. An experienced admissions consultant and a frequently cited media expert on the topic of college admissions, she is also co-author of the college admissions bible How to Prepare a Standout College Application. Learn more about Anna's background here.

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