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  • Writer's pictureJessica Chermak, CEP, LPC

Understanding College Testing Policies

Updated: Mar 22, 2023


College testing requirements can be confusing, particularly during this global pandemic. For transparency's sake, we want you to know that we fully support the test-optional and test-blind policies that are currently being implemented at thousands of colleges across the USA. We don't believe that a test score earned during a four hour exam on a random Saturday accurately reflects a student's ability to succeed in college (and neither does the research--see here, here, and here).


We're here to break down what different policies and terms actually mean, and how that may impact college applications.

Here is the NACAC petition mentioned in the resources section above.

And here is the list of colleges with test-optional admission policies.


Good luck (but I know you won't need it),

Jessica Chermak

Independent College Counselor

Co-Founder of Virtual College Counselors




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