Adopting a Test-Optional Policy for Fall 2021 Applicants

June 24, 2020
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Soka University of America is adopting an SAT and ACT test-optional policy for students applying for admission for Fall 2021. The move is prompted by a critical examination of our policies to promote access to college and the growing uncertainty over whether adequate testing will be offered students this fall.

The policy means Soka will not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration. We believe the policy change is appropriate given the millions of high-school students who had testing dates canceled this past spring and the growing digital divide that has been increasingly unveiled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Admission will continue to place emphasis on a rigorous holistic evaluation approach, which takes many factors and opinions into account before decisions are made.

Frequently asked questions:

  • Does the test-optional policy include tests to meet the English proficiency requirement, such as TOEFL and Duolingo English test?
    No, our new test optional policy is only directed to address concerns centered on the SAT and ACT exams. While we are committed to enrolling students from all over the world, properly evaluating English proficiency is critical toward ensuring students have the necessary skill level to be successful in the classroom at SUA. The Office of Admission will continue to require applicants whose native language is not English submit either a TOEFL iBT or a Duolingo English proficiency exam.
  • I want to send Soka University my SAT or ACT test scores, will you accept them?
    Yes, students who wish to send their ACT or SAT scores may do so. Please view our checklists on our “How to Apply” webpage for information.
  • If I provide my test scores, do they have to include the essay or writing portion?
    No, you do not have to include the essay or writing portion.