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Penn State goes Test Optional for Summer/Fall 2021 application cycle

jlhpsujlhpsu Forum Champion Penn State 1978 replies40 threads Forum Champion
Penn State announced this week that it will be test-optional for the 2021 application cycle due to COVID.
https://admissions.psu.edu/coronavirus/

For students who have high GPA's but have lower test scores or weren't able to take them at all, this is very helpful because you can have your application considered without test scores at all. If you are a lower GPA, higher test score person, it doesn't hurt you as you can still submit the test scores for consideration.
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  • fanoffriendsfanoffriends 2 replies0 threads New Member
    thoughts on submitting ACT score of 32 with a WGPA 4.5556 OOS NJ
    thx
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  • vpa2019vpa2019 702 replies19 threads Member
    Wonder how that’s going to work in practice because I thought Penn State did a first culling using test scores because they receive so many applications. Maybe GPA will be the number they use going forward.
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  • jlhpsujlhpsu Forum Champion Penn State 1978 replies40 threads Forum Champion
    vpa2019 wrote: »
    Wonder how that’s going to work in practice because I thought Penn State did a first culling using test scores because they receive so many applications. Maybe GPA will be the number they use going forward.

    Actually, Penn State uses test scores very little. 2/3 of Penn State's decisions have always been GPA and class rigor. The other 1/3 is made up of all other factors,, including test scores, state residency, extra curriculars, legacy, etc.... So for Penn State, this isn't that difficult to do. For other schools, like Pitt, that look at test scores more than GPA, the transition would be more difficult.
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  • jlhpsujlhpsu Forum Champion Penn State 1978 replies40 threads Forum Champion
    thoughts on submitting ACT score of 32 with a WGPA 4.5556 OOS NJ
    thx

    Your test scores and GPA are above the middle 50% So submitting your test scores makes sense for you.
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