Texas Tech University

For Many Large Universities, Test-Optional Is ‘Uncharted Territory.’ Here’s How One Is Adapting.

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 20, 2020

Chronicle of Higher Education - Jamie Hansard knew something had to give. In mid-March, as the nation was shutting down, she and her colleagues at Texas Tech University asked how they could help applicants for the fall.

Whether to extend the test-optional policy for the fall 2021 admissions cycle, though, was a thornier question. Texas Tech has an "assured admission" program that guarantees admission to applicants with the required combination of class rank and ACT/SAT scores; applications from students who don't meet those requirements — about half of the pool — are reviewed holistically.

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