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Test Optional Admission

Westfield State University stands for: accessibility to higher education for all and our commitment to our founding mission and values centers on inclusion, diversity, and equity. 

Effective for first-year students applying fall 2020 and beyond, Westfield State University will no longer require the submission of SAT or ACT scores in a student’s admission decision. We know what the best predictor of college performance is – high school performance.  By eliminating test scores, our focus in making admission decisions for first-year applicants will be on their high school academic work and grade point average, a better predictor for academic success at the college level. 

Test-Optional Policy

Westfield State University no longer requires the submission of SAT or ACT scores for the majority of prospective students. Please refer to policy guidelines to determine if you are eligible to apply as a test-optional candidate.

Policy Guidelines:

  • TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for ESL applicants, or by submitting proof of competency in Level B2 of the program at the International Language Institute in Northampton, MA.

Other:

  • Applicants with a high school GPA of 3.0+ are considered eligible candidates for undergraduate admission and are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores.
  • Applicants with a high school GPA of 2.69 or below are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Westfield State University gone test optional?

By eliminating test score requirements, we support closing the “entrance” achievement gap for those applicants typically at a greater disadvantage. Our focus in making admission decisions for first-year applicants will be on rigorous academic work and grade point average in high school, which research has shown are better predictors for academic success. Westfield State is emphasizing that 4 years of perseverance, motivation, and effort during high school bear a direct relationship to college-level work and academic achievement.


Can anyone apply as a test-optional applicant?

Yes.


How do I apply as a test-optional applicant?

On the application, select “No Test Option.”


How do I know if I should apply test optional?

If you are satisfied with your test scores and believe they are indicative of your academic achievement, then we are happy to consider them as part of your application.  If you have a strong academic record demonstrated by above average grades, but do not feel your test results are a good reflection of your academic performance, you may choose not to submit them. We offer these guidelines:

  • Applicants with a high school GPA of 3.0 and higher are considered eligible candidates for admission and are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores.
  • Applicants with a high school GPA of 2.69 or below are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores.

If I submit my application and forgot to check test optional, can I change my status later?

You must email admissions@westfield.ma.edu to change your status before your application is reviewed. If an admissions decision has already been made, then you cannot change your status to “no test option.”


Can I be considered for merit scholarships without submitting standardized test scores?

Yes.


Am I eligible to participate in the Honors Program if I choose the No Test Option?

Yes. If you wish to be considered for the Honors Program, you may choose the no test option.


I am an ESL student. Can I participate in the No Test Option?

Yes, however, you must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam, or submit proof of competency in Level B2 of the program at the International Language Institute in Northampton, MA, to demonstrate English proficiency.


What if my scores are sent from a testing agency or included on my transcripts?

If your scores are sent to us from the testing agency or are included on your high school transcript, you can still apply test optional as long as you indicate that option on your application. If you apply test optional, your test scores will not be taken into consideration as part of the application review.


Do students who want to apply to the Learning Disabilities Program need to select the No Test Option?

No, you do not need to select it.  Students who wish to apply to the Learning Disabilities Program are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores.  Students with a documented learning disability and/or ADHD should consider applying to our Learning Disabilities Program and indicate so on the admission application. Students will need to submit their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), cognitive and achievement testing to the Admissions Office to be considered for the Learning Disabilities Program and/or the University.


How will you review my application without test scores?

Whether a student chooses to send scores or not, our decision process will be similar. We focus on academic achievement and rigor of high school coursework. 


Are transfer students eligible to apply as test-optional applicants?

Yes.


If I enroll at Westfield State, will I need to submit my ACT or SAT scores after enrollment?

No. We will not require test scores once you enroll.


*If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admission for clarification.