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Test Optional

Salem State University no longer requires standardized tests scores (SAT/ACT) as part of our admission requirements for 2018.

As part of a growing national movement, eliminating standardized tests from admission requirements allows Salem State to attract more students who are academically qualified based on their high school course selection and GPA, but perhaps did not score well on the SAT/ACT.

By eliminating test score requirements, we will focus our admission decisions on a student’s academic work and grade point average, which research has shown are better predictors for academic success.

How to apply

Applicants for 2018 must submit a completed application to Salem State at salemstate.edu/apply. To select "test optional", please check off "test optional" on the application. 

Applicants may be contacted if additional information is needed.

 

Test Optional Guidelines

  • Test Optional Guidelines

    • Applicants who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher are encouraged to submit their test scores (SAT/ACT) as it will assist with academic placement at orientation when registering for classes  
    • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 must submit a letter of reference from a teacher or high school guidance counselor
    • Applicants who are home schooled must submit test scores
    • Applicants who submit transcripts with narratives and not grades, must submit test scores

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Questions

Contact admissions with any questions at 978.542.6200 or admissions@salemstate.edu

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