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Test-Optional
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Do I need to explain why I'm applying test optional in the additional information section of my application.

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2 months ago

If there's really a good reason (e.g. the covid situation was really bad where you live so it wasn't safe or you couldn't afford testing), then yes, I would definitely include it very very briefly (1 sentence, 2 at the maximum, maybe 3 if it's a super specific situation).

If the reason isn't great (e.g. you didn't get a great score or you just don't test well), you may want to think about it a bit more. If you do include one of these types of reasons, think a lot about the way you word it (e.g. I'm not a good tester vs. standardized testing does not reflect my academic abilities [still a bit dicey btw]).

Either way, try to convey a message that is the most accurate to your life and make sure that you focus on your academic abilities (and how you've proven you can handle college-level work via your GPA, course rigor, other intellectual pursuits, etc.) despite not having test scores available.

Hope this helped!

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2 months ago

It is not generally required but if you feel that explaining will paint a more full picture of you as a person and student then it might be helpful.

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2 months ago

It depends on your reason for applying test optional in the first place. For reasons such as lack of funds, mental health or just health in general, the covid situation in your area or even a family situation eg. loss of a parent or relative, including this information will give them a clear view and will help them understand your reason better.

But if you're applying test optional for other reasons like you just don't want to do any of the tests or you're not good at standardised tests it would be better not to include this information because it gives the impression that you're to willing to push yourself.

Keep in mind, if you're applying test optional your grades, course work and GPA have to be pretty impressive because they have no other way of evaluating your academic performance or your responsiveness to tests.

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