ACT/SAT/CLT Waived for Fall 2021 Applicants
What does test optional mean?
Standardized test scores will supplement a student’s application but will not be required for an admission decision. Students can decide whether or not to submit test scores for consideration. For those who choose not to submit test scores, academic transcripts will be the primary source for making an admission decision and assigning academic scholarships.
Why is Ohio Christian implementing this change?
Due to the current climate, current high school seniors have had limited opportunities to take standardized tests (ACT, SAT, CLT) due to testing cancellations. As a result, Ohio Christian would like to make the college admissions process more accessible to those students by becoming test optional.
Will Ohio Christian still look at ACT, SAT or CLT test scores?
Yes. Test optional does not mean test blind. If we have a student’s scores at the time of acceptance, we will factor the scores into the admission decision and the financial aid awarding process. If test scores are received post-acceptance, those scores can still qualify the students for additional financial aid or help them meet content proficiency requirements for certain majors and courses. Submitting supplemental test scores can only assist a student in potentially receiving additional financial aid.
When will Ohio Christian admit applicants who do not have a test score?
Since Ohio Christian operates on an “rolling admissions” time line, previous and new applicants for Fall 2021 without test scores will now be accepted based on academic transcripts until the start of the 21-22 academic year.
Should an applicant submit a test score?
While not required, submitting supplemental test scores may grant students the following:
- Opportunity to gain admission if high school GPA is low
- Increased financial aid opportunities
- Direct entry into majors with test requirements
Will applicants without test scores qualify for academic scholarships?
Students without test scores may qualify for one of the following academic scholarships based on their academic transcripts.
- Cumulative GPA 3.75-4.0 - $5,000 Provost Scholarship
- Cumulative GPA 3.5-3.75 - $3,000 Merit Scholarship
- Cumulative GPA 3.25-3.5 - $2,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship
- Cumulative GPA 3.0-3.25 - $1,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship
Some subject areas require proficiency standards for entering students that have historically been satisfied through standardized test scores. How will proficiency be evaluated for students without test scores?
At Ohio Christian, only our Education programs currently require a standardized test score for admittance into the program. Ohio Christian offers on campus ACT institutional testing for current students seeking admittance into the Education programs. Most of our students have their freshmen year to test and gain admittance into these programs, and for students without a test score, testing is free.
How is this change being communicated to families?
We are actively communicating this change to prospective students and families via email, social media, and our website.