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Test Optional Admissions

Beginning with the Fall 2021 application cycle, we will offer a test optional admission process in addition to the traditional admissions process. Although standardized tests may provide useful information concerning an applicant’s ability to succeed at the college level, there is sufficient evidence that standardized testing does not reflect the true academic potential for all candidates. The Honors College prides itself on removing barriers for its students once they arrive on campus. A test optional admissions policy allows us to extend this removal of potential barriers to exceptional students who may lack access to resources that would better prepare them for standardized tests.

Qualifying for Interview

  • All students in the Top 5% of their graduating class will automatically qualify for an interview. They must still complete the Honors College application, including the essay. They must also let us know if they prefer to have their standardized test scores used in the final admission decision. If not, they will need to complete theTest Optional portion of the Honors College application. Note: Home schooled applicants and students from schools with non-standard grading schemes cannot automatically qualify for an interview.
  • Students ranked beyond the top 5% of their graduating class have two routes to qualifying for an interview.
    • Option One: Eligibility is determined through a combination of points accumulated based upon class rank %, test scores, and essay score (see matrix below). A student must accumulate a minimum of 50 points to qualify for an interview. Note: Home schooled applicants and students from schools with non-standard grading schemes must submit standardized test scores to be eligible for an interview. Home schooled students will be considered to be in the 10th percentile of their graduating class.
    • Option Two: Eligibility is determined through a combination of points accumulated based upon class rank %, essay score, and ‘recorded lesson.’ Details and scoring rubric for the recorded lesson can be found below. Students must obtain a minimum of 50 points to qualify for an interview.

Option Two: Recorded Lesson

Students who choose the test optional application to the Honors College will be asked to submit a recorded lesson where the student teaches the audience how to do something. This is an opportunity for the student to (a) showcase a skill that they have; (b) demonstrate their persuasive skills; (c) demonstrate organizational skills, and (d) demonstrate their creativity.  This recording could be a video that you create or a Power Point/Prezi that you narrate. The lesson should adhere to the guidelines in the linked document found here (PDF).

Honors College Scoring Rubric