The Test Optional Decision & What It Means For Your Application
The University System of Georgia has officially waived test score requirements for all Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 applicants. This means that while you may submit SAT and ACT scores, it is not required to apply to a USG school, including Georgia State! You still need to submit a complete application that shows us why you’d be a great Georgia State student, but you don’t have to wait on test scores to apply.
Why the Change?
Honestly, have any plans remained unchanged in 2020? The short answer is that coronavirus has made testing impossible in many areas of the country. As testing centers continued to close and more testing sessions were canceled, the best decision for students was to make the tests optional.
So…Should I Take the Test?
The good news is that if you’re able and eager to take a test, or have already taken one, we will gladly accept your scores. Students who earn above-average scores or feel that their application benefits from us getting a bigger picture of who they are academically are encouraged to submit scores. Test scores may help qualify you for scholarships and other academic opportunities. Students who want to test should check the SAT and ACT websites for the most up-to-date testing information.
And more good news: if you are unable or choose not to test, that’s perfectly fine, too. It’s entirely up to you. We encourage submitting scores if you’re able, but we mean it when we say that students will not be penalized for not submitting scores.
How Will I Be Evaluated Without Scores?
Test optional does not mean that getting into college will now be a breeze. We still have a number of requirements for applicants. The first-year application process starts with the Common App, requires a high school transcript, and gives you the option to submit recommendations and essays. We still require four units of English, math, and natural science, three units of social science and two units of the same foreign language. The average GPA of our applicants is between 3.3 and 3.8 (but this is just an average, not a hard cutoff!).
Getting Ready to Apply
The test optional decision has hopefully eased some of the stress that comes with applying to college. We know you may still have some questions, so we hope you’ll join us for a virtual admissions info session! We also have Panther2Panther events to connect you with a live panel of tour guides, live guided campus tours and more online events. If you need personal assistance, make an appointment with an admissions counselor! Our office is always here to help you on your journey to becoming a Panther.