Test Optional

About test-optional admissions

IU Bloomington has adopted a test-optional admissions policy beginning with the 2021 terms. The test-optional admissions policy allows students to choose at the point of application whether to have SAT or ACT test scores considered as part of the application.

COVID-19 Update: If you apply for the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline for fall 2021 and haven’t been able to take the ACT or SAT, we have updated our process to allow you to apply test-optional at the point of application and if you wish, have your scores considered later.

Please note: When you get to the test-optional section of the application, you will see that it says you cannot change your selection after applying. However, please know that we are making an exception to this process this year. 

The original goal of test-optional admission was simply to provide students who did not feel that their standardized test scores accurately reflected their academic potential the opportunity to choose to not have those test scores considered as part of the admission review.

While the original goal is still relevant, we also recognize that due to COVID-19, you may not have been able to take the SAT or ACT and, therefore, do not know if those scores would reflect your academic potential. Thus, if you apply for the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline for fall 2021 and haven’t been able to take the SAT or ACT, you may choose to apply test-optional and complete your application without test scores. We will then review your application for admission and scholarships.

Your eligibility for admission will not be negatively impacted if you apply test-optional, but if you can take the SAT or ACT later and would like to have your application reconsidered with those scores, you may self-report or send your official scores through January 15 and still be considered for early action.

You will be given full admission consideration in the absence of test scores. We will continue to look at all factors of your application, with the greatest emphasis placed on your grades earned in academic coursework; as well as performance in honors, dual-credit, 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 is open now.

We provided the table below to provide students with some guidance when deciding whether or not to apply test-optional, however, we recognize that due to COVID-19, you may not have been able to take the SAT or ACT. So, we changed our process. If you apply for the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline for fall 2021 and haven’t been able to take the SAT or ACT, you can choose to apply test-optional and complete your application without test scores. We will then review your application for admission and scholarships.

If you are able to take the SAT or ACT later and would like to have your application reconsidered with those scores, you can self-report or send your official scores through January 15 and still be considered for early action.

Update your test-optional selection

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 (if you have been able to test).

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 2020 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. For all applicants, the greatest emphasis will be placed on their performance in academic coursework, along with the other factors referenced in Question 2 above.

 

Range

Average/Median

GPA

3.61–4.00

3.90

SAT Scores

(Math and Evidence-based Reading and Writing)

1160–1370

1268

ACT Scores (Composite)

25–32

28

You have the option to self-report your test scores in your application to IU, or by using the link below. 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.

Self-report your scores

Due to the challenge some students are facing in having access to taking a SAT/ACT test, all undergraduate student populations applying for the 2021 terms are eligible to apply test-optional.

For future terms, some students 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.

COVID-19 Update: If you apply for the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline for fall 2021 and haven’t been able to take the ACT or SAT, we have updated our process to allow you to apply test-optional at the point of application and if you wish, have your scores considered later

Please note: When you get to the test-optional section of the application, you will see that it says you cannot change your selection after applying. However, please know that we are making an exception to this process this year. 

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.

Please note: When you get to the test-optional section of the application, you will see that it says you cannot change your selection after applying. However, please know that we are making an exception to this process this year. 

COVID-19 Update: If you apply for the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline for fall 2021 and haven’t been able to take the ACT or SAT, we have updated our process to allow you to apply test-optional at the point of application and if you wish, have your scores considered later.

Update your test-optional selection

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. Visit our Scholarships Test-Optional FAQ to learn more about the scholarship processes for students who choose not to have their test scores considered.

Yes. Each academic school/College offering direct admission for new students will consider test-optional students. More information about their criteria and process can be found on their websites:

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.