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Test-Optional Policy

Standardized test scores can be a great measure of ability for some students. Other students however may not do as well on standardized tests but have the academic preparation and commitment to excel in college. Since 2015, Puget Sound has been test-optional and most applicants are not required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT exam.

Our goal is to provide you with options to put your best foot forward in your application. Puget Sound reviews applications holistically, meaning that we consider academic performance, curriculum strength, writing, community leadership and involvement, and many other factors in our evaluation. You will not be penalized in the application review process for the option you choose.

Important facts about Puget Sound’s test optional policy:

  • Standardized test scores (ACT and SAT) are optional for most applicants. Standardized tests are required for students who have been home-schooled and for those who attend secondary schools that do not assign grades. 
  • International students are eligible to apply to Puget Sound test-optional by either attending a high school where English is the primary language of instruction or demonstrating English Proficiency by submitting scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test.
  • For students who decide to submit scores from the SAT or ACT exams, official score reports can be sent from the testing agency (code 4067 for the College Board and code 4450 for the ACT.) Puget Sound accepts self-reported test scores, but requires enrolled students to send official test scores.
  • Candidates interested in applying to the Lillis Foundation Scholarship or Matelich Foundation Scholarship are required to submit standardized test scores for the purposes of scholarship selection. However, eligible applicants can still choose to be reviewed for admission under our test-optional policy. Please be assured that for Test-Optional candidates applying for scholarship consideration, test scores sent to Puget Sound will not be factored in the general review of the admission application.

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