Standardized Testing Scores - Waived this cycle?

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Biomed
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Standardized Testing Scores - Waived this cycle?

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With many schools waiving standardized testing this application cycle (SATs/ACTs/GREs), what do you think are the odds that SMART will also waive these requirements?

Personally I think this should be standard if the STEM program you got into didn't require these in the first place. I find it a bit odd that if you were already accepted (for grad school at least) you should not need to take the GRE solely to meet this arbitrary requirement.

Thoughts?

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Re: Standardized Testing Scores - Waived this cycle?

Post by ryantetreault »

Senior coming out of high school here.

No, I don't think they will. Let's look at the possible types of applicant and when SAT (just so I don't have to say ACT everytime) scores were taken.

Incoming Freshman, took SAT's at latest fall 2019, pre-COVID-19.
Sophomores and up, took SAT's before fall 2019.

In reality, anyone trying to take the SAT's during COVID-19 that is applying for SMART has already taken it before and therefore would only take to increase their score. Such a small list of people that would need to retake SAT's or even reconsidering it. I do not think that it would be necessary to waive it.

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Re: Standardized Testing Scores - Waived this cycle?

Post by Biomed »

Well folks, looks like I called it - standardized testing IS waived this cycle!
Test Scores

Standardized test scores will not be reviewed as part of your application. In previous years, SMART has required test scores for Freshman, First Year Associate and graduate applicants. This year, due to limited testing capacity and test center availability, test scores will not be required or reviewed. Applicants may list test scores in their application; however, these scores will not impact applications and will not be used for evaluation or selection of awardees.
Looks like this applies for both GRE and the SATs/ACTs. Now I don't have to drop $200+ on a useless exam.

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