BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the educational environment and the college search process for graduating high school students, Virginia Tech announced plans to extend its test optional policy for those seeking admission for the entering class of 2022.
According to the university, the original decision to allow applicants to submit or omit their test scores was made because of the testing agencies’ challenges while trying to offer the tests during the pandemic.
School officials say these challenges are still ongoing, disproportionally impacting current high school juniors who will be applying for admissions starting in August.
“Our team is focused on reducing hardships and eliminating barriers,” said Juan Espinoza, associate vice provost for enrollment management and director of Undergraduate Admissions. “Given the continued challenges around test availability and scheduling, we recognize that the struggles that affected the 2021 entering class will persist into the next cycle.”
Virginia Tech says it is not the only public institution in the Commonwealth that decided to continue test optional admissions for the 2021-2022 cycle.
In fact, test-optional policies have become a standard for nearly all of the nation’s most selective universities and liberal arts colleges, according the Blacksburg university.
“It is our hope that this extension provides clarity for our future applicants as they plan for the upcoming application cycle,” Espinoza said.
School officials say more than 900 institutions ranked in the top tiers of their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report do not require ACT or SAT scores at this time, with many of them extending or making their test optional policies permanent.