Starting this fall, Fitchburg State University will no longer require standardized test scores as part of its admissions process.
In adopting the “test optional” model, Fitchburg State joins other institutions in acknowledging that standardized tests are often not as accurate in predicting academic success as a student’s prior academic record and grade point average. Eliminating the test score requirement is also expected to increase the University’s accessibility to a greater population of students, which is in keeping with Fitchburg State’s mission and core values.
Director of Admissions Sean Ganas said giving students the option to submit SAT or ACT scores also empowers students and their families. “It puts them more in the driver’s seat about how they choose to present themselves to the University,” he said. “Students may feel their SAT scores are a good indication of their ability to succeed at the University, or they may not. This will allow them to have more say in how they’re presented to the admissions office.”
For students who don’t feel their scores accurately tell their story, Ganas said, the option not to submit will be removing a perceived barrier to continuing their education.
The University will still require the tests for certain programs and for determining eligibility for merit-based financial aid.