Standardized Test Scores Optional for 2021-22 Academic Year

The COVID-19 public health crisis has led to the cancellation of SAT, ACT, and TEAS tests in many parts of the United States. In response to these extraordinary circumstances, Simmons University will not require students applying for the 2021-22 academic year to submit standardized test scores. This will be the case for both the early and regular application deadlines for first-year students.

Some students may have already had or will have an opportunity to take a standardized test without interruption — those students may choose whether or not to submit their test scores to Simmons.

Applications to Simmons, both those including test scores and those without, will be given equal consideration for admission and reviewed thoroughly and holistically. A strong emphasis will be placed on evidence of academic preparation for college work, including class grades and assessments, the rigor of coursework taken, progression of performance, and other indicators of academic strength. If more information is needed to make an assessment, applicants may be asked by the admission office to provide additional documentation to support their candidacy. The test-optional policy applies to homeschooled and international students as well.

Applications both with and without test scores will also be given equal consideration for merit scholarships, including the Boston Scholarship and Kotzen Scholarship.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language, students must still demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • Duolingo English Test
  • SAT/ACT
  • Two full-time years of high school or college coursework conducted in English, without ESL/ELL coursework

This change in policy currently only impacts applicants who are seeking to start at Simmons in the spring, summer, or fall of 2021 — it is not a permanent change to Simmons’ testing policies. A decision will be made about our testing policy for the 2022-2023 academic year no later than January 2021.

For more information, please contact the  Office of Undergraduate Admission.