Test Optional

Some applicants may feel that their standardized test scores do not accurately reflect their academic potential. A test-optional admissions policy allows you to choose whether or not your SAT or ACT test scores will be considered as part of your admission review—letting you decide how best to tell your academic story.

In absence of a test score, we will continue to look at all factors of your application including grades earned in academic coursework; performance in honors, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses; your IU-specific essay; extracurricular activities; and other achievements.

If you are an undergraduate applicant applying for the 2021 terms or forward, you can decide whether to have your test scores considered as part of your admission review. The application for the fall 2021 term will open on August 1, 2020.

We evaluate each application holistically and individually and do not have a formula for whether or not you should choose to have your test scores considered. However, we are happy to help you fully consider your options.

The following table, which may provide you with some guidance, provides a summary of the high school records and test scores of students admitted for the fall 2019 cohort. These ranges represent the middle 50 percent of admitted students—meaning that 25 percent of admitted students had scores below this range and 25 percent of admitted students had scores above this range.







SAT Scores

(Math and Evidence-based Reading and Writing)



ACT Scores (Composite)



We encourage you to reflect on your overall academic performance in high school, with specific attention to your performance in college preparatory courses. If you have a strong academic record with an above-average GPA but do not feel that your test results reflect your full potential, you may choose to apply test-optional. If, however, your test scores may provide additional insight into your overall academic record we invite you to have your test scores considered.

Please consider your decision to apply with or without test scores carefully. Applicants will be required to choose at the point of application whether they wish to have their test scores considered and will be unable to change their option after the application is submitted.

Beginning August 1, 2020 you will have the option to self-report your test scores in your application to IU. Self-reporting allows applicants who wish to have their standardized test scores considered as part of their admissions review to self-report their scores instead of requiring that scores be sent from official testing agencies. If offered, admission will be contingent upon receipt of test scores from official testing agencies, which must match or be higher than those self-reported during the admission process.

Yes. There are several groups of students who will be required to provide SAT or ACT scores. Homeschooled students, students who have attended a school with non-traditional evaluation methods where traditional alpha or numerical grades are not assigned, and student athletes subject to NCAA eligibility standards will be required to submit a standardized test score.

International students also have separate requirements for English language proficiency. Visit the Office of International Services website to learn more.

When you complete your application for admission, you will have the opportunity to select whether or not your test scores will be considered as a part of your admission review. You cannot change your option after the application is submitted.

If you indicate on your application that you do not want your test scores considered on your application, your test scores will not be included as part of your admission review—even if we receive scores from a testing agency or on your high school transcript.

Yes. IU Bloomington is committed to making scholarship opportunities available to students who qualify, whether they apply with or without test scores. Please check back soon for more information about the scholarship processes for students who choose not to have their test scores considered.

Each academic school/College is evaluating their criteria and process for direct admission. More information will be available prior to August 1, 2020 when the new application for fall 2021 opens.

We invite you to reach out to your admission counselor or to contact the Office of Admissions at 812-855-0661 or admissions@indiana.edu with any questions regarding the application process.