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. As a result, we are offering students the opportunity to choose to respond to two short essay questions in lieu of submitting standardized test scores.
The choice of which to submit is yours. Our goal is to provide you with options to put your best foot forward in your application. Feel like your scores are an accurate representation of your ability? Submit them! If you would rather tell us about yourself in the essays, great! Either is cool with us and you will not be penalized in the application review process for the option you choose.
Important facts about Puget Sound’s test optional policy:
We designed the questions to help us find students who will thrive inside and outside the classroom, who are smart in ways that aren’t necessarily quantifiable. These essays, along with the Common Application and essay, teacher and counselor evaluations, and high school transcripts, will allow us to fully evaluate the potential of a student at Puget Sound.
If you’ve started your application to Puget Sound, you may have already seen the two questions. If you haven’t started your application yet (why haven’t you?!), here they are:
APPLICATION QUESTION 1
Describe a goal. Any goal. But it has to be your goal, and you have to have set it for yourself. Provide an example that demonstrates your work ethic to achieve this goal, how long you have been working towards this goal, and whether your efforts thus far have been successful. (100 words)
APPLICATION QUESTION 2
Describe a community with which you identify. How long have you been a part of this group, and how have you contributed? How has it helped shape who you are today? How has it helped prepare you to be a successful member of the Puget Sound community? (100 words)