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Test-Optional Policy

At the University of La Verne, our students are more than a number. When it comes to deciding who will be admitted, we like to see the whole picture. And we don’t want a single test score to limit a bright student’s access to college.

Starting in 2020, University of La Verne will join more than 1000 schools to make SAT and ACT test score reporting optional for those who apply.

We allow our applicants to put their best foot forward when it comes to their application. They will now be able to decide for themselves if SAT or ACT test scores make their application stronger. The admissions committee won’t guess as to the reasons why an applicant submitted test scores or not—it can only help someone’s chances of getting in, it cannot harm them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who does this test-optional policy impact?

Under this policy, test scores are now optional for those who plan to apply to the University of La Verne as freshmen. Transfer students are admitted based upon the quality of their college-level work, so they will not be impacted by the change.

When will the new policy take effect?

The new policy is already in effect for any entering freshman looking to start in the Spring 2020 semester forward.

To be clear, which tests are now optional?

The SAT and ACT.

How does this policy impact international students?

Although international students do not need to submit a SAT or ACT as part of the academic review, they still need to show that they know enough English to succeed at the college level. International applicants can show proficiency through a variety of test options such as the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, SAT, or ACT.

Will any of the majors require standardized testing for admission?

No. Even those applicants who are interested in the Global Ideas Honors Program are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores because they can qualify for admission to the program on GPA alone.

How will the test-optional policy affect financial aid?

Students who are admitted without SAT or ACT scores will still be offered merit scholarships and a full range of need-based scholarships if they fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, students who choose to submit SAT or ACT scores may be considered for additional merit scholarships.

What materials are needed to apply for admission?

A complete application file for entering freshmen includes: the application form; official transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11, and the first semester of grade 12; a personal statement (essay); and a letter of recommendation. Our admissions committee will be looking at these materials to get a sense of the applicant’s involvement in school and community activities, leadership abilities, special talents, and character.

What is the benefit to submitting test scores?

The benefit to submitting a test score varies for each person. But overall, a strong SAT or ACT score can help boost an academic record or help an applicant qualify for additional merit scholarships. Plus, test scores can be used to determine academic course placement. Submitting a test score can only help a student in the admission or financial aid process, it cannot harm them.

Does the University of La Verne “superscore” the SAT?

Yes we do! If someone takes the SAT several times, we will take the best overall score from each section and combine them to create their superscore. This allows each applicant to put their best effort forward.

Can someone turn in test scores after being admitted?

Yes! SAT or ACT test scores can be sent to the university before or after the admission decision is made. If someone wants to submit a test score after being admitted in order to be considered for more merit scholarship money or for academic course placement, they can—without it affecting their acceptance.

Can I submit another type of test in place of the ACT or SAT to be part of my application file?

No additional test is needed for admission purposes.

Is there anything that I can submit in place of a standardized test to be a part of my application file?

No additional materials are needed for test-optional admission consideration.


For more information, contact the Office of Admission at admission@laverne.edu or 909-448-4026.