Test-Optional Admissions for Four Ivy League Colleges

On Wednesday, June 3, The College Board announced that the online, at-home SAT will not be available for Fall 2021:

The College Board will pause on offering an at-home SAT this year because taking it would require three hours of uninterrupted, video-quality internet for each student, which can’t be guaranteed for all. 

After The College Board pronouncement, several universities’ admissions officers announced the suspension of requiring SAT and ACT scores for Fall 2021 first year applicants. In their published statements, several admissions officers cited the potential lack of widespread access to test centers in the Fall, given the unpredictability of possible viral outbreaks creating health risks for large gatherings of test takers and the unavailability of an online, at-home SAT test. 

As of publication, four Ivy League institutions changed admissions policies making the SAT and ACT scores optional for Fall 2021 first year applicants—University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Dartmouth College and Columbia University. A more complete list of all U.S. colleges where SAT and ACT scores have been suspended for Fall 2021 admissions and beyond, click here


A Univeristy of California San Diego and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill Yoshikawa EdM advises clients about all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. Contact her at jill@creativemarbles.com

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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