April 1, 2021
To help ease the challenges of applying to college during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheaton College is suspending the standardized test score requirement for two more semesters.
During the last year, high school students have faced the nearly unprecedented challenge of having to apply to colleges during a pandemic. To help ease the burden, Wheaton College is suspending the standardized test score requirement for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 entry terms.
In addition to a lack of reliable opportunities to take standardized tests due to COVID-19, there is also uncertainty over future testing opportunities by ACT and the College Board.
“Wheaton students are historically high-achieving, demonstrate maturing Christian faith, and bring a diverse set of backgrounds and interests to our community. 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,” said Wheaton College Chief Enrollment Officer Silvio Vazquez. “But in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the need high school juniors and families have to prepare for college admission, we’ve decided to extend the suspension of our standardized test score requirement.”
Students who would like to submit a standardized test for admission consideration can still do so by indicating this on their application for admission. But this decision enables all applicants to 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.