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Test Optional

SAT/ACT requirements waived for fall 2020, spring 2021, and fall 2021

SAT/ACT Waived For Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 Applicants

TLU’s AAA Committee has approved to temporarily waive the SAT/ACT admissions requirement for students now applying for fall 2020 and fall 2021. This also includes first-year students applying for the spring 2021 semester.

How do students apply as test optional?

  • A new test optional form automatically appears on all students’ application status pages (those who haven't received an admissions decision of admit or deny.
  • Students who do not have an admissions decision but want to be test optional: If a student wants their application to be reviewed without test scores, they need to complete the test optional form and check “Yes” before their application can be reviewed by Admissions.
  • Students who have sent test scores to TLU but haven’t received an admissions decision: If we have test scores for a student, but their file hasn’t been reviewed (doesn’t have an admissions decision), they can choose to be reviewed as test optional. They will need to check “Yes” on the test optional form on their student status page.
  • Students who do not have an admissions decision but plan to provide test scores: If a student wants to proceed and have their application reviewed with a test score, they don’t have to complete the form on their student status page.

Conditions to choosing test optional:

  • Students who choose test optional cannot send scores at a later date: Admitted students who complete the form and check “Yes” to test optional cannot later send test scores in the hopes of qualifying for a higher scholarship. Once they commit to test optional, it cannot be undone.
  • Students who choose test optional may be asked for additional information: The student’s admissions representative or the admissions committee may request additional information from the student such as a new writing sample or a letter of recommendation.
  • International students: International students (students needing a visa to study in the U.S.) cannot apply test-optional. Though we do not require the SAT or ACT for them, they need to submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Transfer students who will be reviewed as first-year students will need to send scores.
  • Reactivated students: Students who have applied for a previous semester but did not attend, and are now reapplying for spring 2021 or fall 2021, have the option to apply as test optional.

Other special circumstances:

  • Students who have been admitted but planned to retest: Students who have been admitted, but were planning to retake the SAT to qualify for a higher academic scholarship, will be directed (by their admissions representative) to complete the existing financial aid appeal form. Admissions will not re-review admitted students as test optional. They need to go through the financial aid process.
  • Denied students: We will not re-review denied students as test optional. They should go through the regular appeal process to appeal their decision and provide new academic information.

It is important to note that all admitted students are eligible to receive the same academic scholarships whether they apply as test optional or they submit their scores. The three academic scholarship levels are: Heritage, Academic Excellence, and Presidential (TLU Promise).

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