UT Austin to drop ACT, SAT requirement for fall 2021 applicants
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas at Austin is temporarily suspending its requirement for SAT or ACT test scores for fall 2021 undergraduate admission applicants.
UT Austin says that the change will ensure that testing limitations due to COVID-19 do not affect a student's ability to apply as spring test dates for the ACT and SAT have been canceled. It is also expected that future in-person testing opportunities will be limited.
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The suspension means that for fall 2021 admission, a SAT or ACT test score will not be required to apply to and be fully considered for admission to UT Austin.
“This is a student-centered decision. During this time of uncertainty for students and high schools, we are focused on working with students to support their next steps toward college,” said Miguel Wasielewski, executive director of admissions. “Suspending this requirement ensures that students have the information they need to complete their application for admission.”
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Students may continue to submit ACT and SAT scores for consideration, but they will not be required to do so. UT Austin says that submitting or excluding the score will not advantage or disadvantage an applicant during the review process.
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The test requirement will be reinstated for fall 2022 freshman admission, but UT Austin says that if there is continued disruption to standardized testing accessibility, the university will evaluate further modifications.
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