Soka Continues Test-Optional Admission Policy for Fall 2022 Applicants

March 16, 2021
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Soka University of America has extended its SAT and ACT test-optional policy to include students applying for Fall 2022 admission.

The policy, first implemented in June 2020, will continue to allow applicants to decide if their standardized test scores accurately reflect their academic ability.  Students who do not provide test scores will not be disadvantaged. The Office of Admission will continue to emphasize a rigorous, holistic evaluation approach, taking many factors into account before admission 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 test optional policy is only directed to address concerns about 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.