Test optional policy extended through fall 2024

WashU has extended our test optional policy for applicants for classes that will enter in Fall 2023 and Fall 2024. We believe standardized test scores provide us with information about an applicant’s preparation for success at WashU, however we are taking this opportunity to fully examine the ways in which a test-optional policy impacts the overall success of our student body. 

As the ongoing pandemic continues to impact the educational experience for high school students, we continue to support students and to approach our work with an open mind and in the spirit of advocacy. We remain committed to our holistic review of applicants, learning about and understanding how students embrace opportunities and challenges within the context of their own unique circumstances.

  • First-year and transfer applicants for both fall 2023 and fall 2024 will have a choice about whether to submit standardized test scores or use the waiver. 
  • Applicants who have taken the SAT or ACT and feel their scores reflect their abilities should submit them. 
  • Applicants who do not have scores, had limited opportunity to sit for exams more than once, or who do not feel their scores accurately reflect their ability and do not wish to share them, should select the waiver option. 
  • All applicants, whether or not they submit standardized testing, will receive full consideration for admission.

Please Note: We will continue to require evidence of English Language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test) for international applicants for whom English is a second language.