Local colleges waive SAT, ACT requirement

Lynette Adams
Updated: September 30, 2020 05:54 AM
Created: September 30, 2020 05:17 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — While there have been some issues with students trying to take the SAT or ACT as testing dates keep getting canceled, your teen might not even have to worry about the exam this year.

This year, high school juniors may get a chance to finally do what they've often only dreamed of doing, kissing their college prep test books goodbye.

Currently, 1,600 colleges and universities are now test-optional, according to the latest findings of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

Many schools are determining that the results of a standardized test are not necessarily the best indication of a student's success, some had been debating the change and the pandemic just finalized the decision for them.  

While this year the pandemic has caused many testing dates to be canceled and rescheduled, if you're applying for college for the fall of 2021, you may have to worry about them.

Locally, you currently won't need to take a test to get into:

  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • Nazareth College
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. John Fisher College
  • University of Rochester

Regionally, the SAT or ACT has been waived for:

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • Syracuse University
  • University at Buffalo

All of these institutions have de-emphasized or made standardized tests optional. However, it's not clear if these new admissions policies will stick, some schools like the U of R made the changes before the pandemic hit.

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