GW is the latest to make standardized test results optional for many applicants.

SAT-ACTThe George Washington University (GW) announced that most undergraduate applicants will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores as of August 1.

High school coursework and grades will remain the most important criteria, GW officials said, along with writing skills, recommendations, and involvement in school and community. Students applying to GW for the 2016-2017 school year will be able to choose whether or not they submit their standardized test scores along with their application.

GW’s Task Force on Access and Success reviewed the role that test scores play in predicting how students will perform at the university, and their findings revealed that a student’s high school record, in particular his or her GAP, can be an accurate predictor. Those findings led to the “test-optional” policy recommendation.

(Next page: University officials comment on the new policy)

Laura Ascione