Reed still requires SAT or ACT for Fall 2021 admissions?

Unlike Reed, several extremely selective colleges have said they will be “test optional” for the class or 2025 and that applicants who submit no standardized test scores “will not be disadvantaged.” A number of colleges at the level of Reed (including Stanford, Brown and Yale) have used these or similar words. Pomona, Carleton, Amherst, and Wesleyan are among the many small liberal arts colleges that also have made submission of standardized test scores “optional” at least for this year, although most of them have not clearly said there will be no penalty for choosing the no-submit option.

As a result of COVID-19, Reed has a new policy, which I believe has changed in the last few days.

Reed’s website now says:

"For the 2020-2021 academic year, Reed will accept self-reported test scores for the SAT and ACT. For those unable to take exams before the application deadline, the requirement will be waived. Please contact if you have questions or concerns. "

What does this mean, exactly? Can you self-report an “official” practice test that you take at home?

Why is Reed giving more weight to the test scores (whether “self-reported” or officially reported) than top universities and selective liberal arts colleges?

No, it sounds like they still require a real test score unless the applicant is literally unable to take the test.

“Self-report” refers to entering the scores into the app yourself rather than ordering an official report from the testing agency prior to admission. For most colleges that accept self-reported scores, an official report for that test score would be required after admission, upon enrolling.

(When in doubt, you can always email the admission office to ask.)

They have now announced the following:

Reed will not require nor use testing results from the SAT or ACT in our admission review for the fall 2021 and fall 2022 cycles. Results of additional tests, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) may be submitted for Reed credits upon enrollment.