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Test-Optional Policy for the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle

Due to ongoing concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Tech will be test-optional for first-year applicants during the 2020-2021 admission cycle. 

Students who are unable to submit SAT/ACT scores, or opt out, will not be disadvantaged in our selection process. For those students who do submit standardized testing results, we will use the scores as part of our holistic review of applications.

Many of the transformational changes made in our admissions process recently have already placed less emphasis on standardized test scores therefore this new test optional format will not be a major shift in our review process. In reviewing applications that do not include SAT/ACT, the Admission Committee will place greater emphasis on other required application credentials such as grades, course rigor, Ut Prosim profile, and co-curricular involvement. 

Our goal with these changes is to make the process less stressful and easier to navigate during these very difficult times. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants are no longer required to submit SAT/ACT scores as part of the review process.

Yes, but the change in preference must be made prior to the deadline of your specific application plan. The deadline for Early Decision is November 1st; Early Action is December 1st; Regular Decision is January 15th.

Yes, the financial aid process will not be impacted in any way.

Yes. The scholarship selection process will adjust to accommodate the test-optional policy.

As in previous years, we will not utilize ACT/SAT test scores when reviewing transfer applicants.

You can contact our office about switching your preference to a test optional review.

No, those english proficiency exams are still required for international students.

If you indicated a test-optional preference, those scores will be ignored by the admissions committee.

All majors follow under this test optional policy and none will have a preference between either option.