GW University scraps ACT, SAT requirement for applicants

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Most undergraduate applicants to George Washington University will no longer have to submit their ACT or SAT scores, announced the school on Monday.

Effective August 1, "Those applying to GW for the 2016-17 school year will have the option to include standardized test scores as part of their application. High school coursework and grades will continue to be the most important factors in GW's holistic review process, along with a student's writing skills, recommendations, involvement in school and community, and personal qualities and character. However, this year, students who do not think their SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of their academic potential can choose not to submit them," according to the announcement on GW's website.

Admissions officials say that university administrators were concerned that below-average test scores were discouraging some otherwise strong students not to apply to the university. Officials say that a task force found that a student's high school record, especially his or her high school GPA, was the greatest predictor for success at the university.

GW joins other colleges and university across the nation making score submissions optional for applicants, including American University and The University of the District of Columbia.See the list here.

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