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Test Optional Policy

Earlham College, joining nearly 800 other institutions of higher education in the U.S., no longer requires students to submit standardized test scores (either SAT or ACT) with other materials in support of their application for admission. International students must continue to submit either the TOEFL or SAT results with their admission application.

Earlham has always taken a wholistic approach in its review of a student's application for admission, giving consideration to academic achievement, writing ability (the essay is very important), letters of recommendation and support from teachers and guidance counselors.  Earlham also recognizes applicant commitments, accomplishments and contributions beyond the classroom.  In determining academic ability and college readiness, the College has given particular weight to a student's performance in high school courses and the quality of their chosen academic program.  Standardized test results have factored little in the overall evaluation of a student's ability to succeed in college and often do not accurately predict student success in college classes during the first year.

Under Earlham's test-optional policy, applicants can submit their scores and choose to have them considered or ask that the scores not be taken into account during review for admission.  Students indicate their preference for use of test results on the Earlham section of the Common Application. Likewise test score results are not required by Earlham for review of admitted students for merit scholarships.

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