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Test Optional

SAT/ACT requirements waived for spring 2021 and fall 2021

SAT/ACT Waived For Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 Applicants

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

How do students apply as test optional?

  • On the admissions application - TLU Application, ApplyTexas, or Common Application - you will be asked if you want to apply test optional. If you do, please check "Yes."

Conditions to choosing test optional:

  • Students who choose test optional may be asked for additional information: Your admissions representative or the admissions committee may request additional information from you 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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