June 16, 2020
To ease challenges current high school students face amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheaton College is suspending the standardized test score requirement for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 admission. Wheaton will continue to review and consider test scores for applicants who choose to submit them.
We made our decision based on the lack of reliable opportunities to take standardized tests due to COVID-19 and uncertainty regarding future testing opportunities by ACT and the College Board.
Wheaton students are historically high achieving, and we have traditionally conducted a holistic evaluation of applicants, including high school grades, curriculum rigor, essays, recommendation letters, achievements, interview, and demonstrated contributions to their school, church, and community, and a demonstration of maturing Christian faith. Applicants will now have the option to be considered for admission without submitting standardized test scores.
Students who choose to submit a standardized test for admission consideration will indicate this on their application for admission. All applicants will have the option to be considered for admission without submitting standardized test scores, whether they are U.S. or international students. International applicants from non-native English-speaking countries will need to demonstrate English proficiency.