NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – To address the i­ncreasing concerns of students and families about the availability of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers University-New Brunswick will make these tests optional for students applying for admission for the spring or fall 2021 semesters.

The temporary policy is driven by nationwide cancellations of the SAT and ACT to comply with social distancing protocols as well as uncertainty surrounding the possibility of modified test formats and rescheduling of prospective test dates.

Students who want to submit a standardized test score with their application for 2021 admission may still do ­so. Additionally, for international applicants, Rutgers-New Brunswick will expand the list of acceptable English language proficiency tests, including the TOEFL and IELTS at-home versions.

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“The college search process can be stressful for high school juniors and rising seniors and their families even in the best of times. Our adoption of this temporary, test-optional policy will ensure full consideration for qualified students whose ability to take the SAT or ACT is being disrupted by this global pandemic,” Rutgers-New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy said.


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