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Fall 2021 Standardized Testing Updates

This year has brought on new and unanticipated challenges, disruptions, and uncertainties for our students, their families, and their communities. Our own Longhorn students have responded in extraordinary ways, and we know that our prospective students are also rising to overcome the personal and academic changes they are meeting along the way

At The University of Texas at Austin, we are committed to a student-centered approach towards access and success, and this commitment starts before students ever officially become Longhorns. To support this mission, UT Austin has suspended the requirement to submit ACT and/or SAT standardized test scores for the Fall 2021 undergraduate admissions cycle. Students who are unable or who choose not to submit these tests will be fully considered in our holistic application review process.

The university’s holistic review process considers a number of factors to support student access and success. Student ACT or SAT scores provide the university additional information that, when considered alongside many other factors, allows UT Austin to ensure it can effectively support the student success outcomes of admitted and enrolling students.

Students may continue to submit standardized scores from their ACT and/or SAT tests for consideration within the holistic review process, but they will not be required to do so. Submission or exclusion of test scores will not advantage or disadvantage an applicant. ACT or SAT test scores, when provided, will continue to serve as just one of the many factors considered in our review of a student’s application.

Important Links

Utilize the following links to learn more about completing your application, our holistic review process, and frequently asked questions regarding the temporary change to standardized testing requirements.

Freshman Admission
Transfer Admission
Visiting Admission
Returning Admission
Holistic Review Process
Testing Frequently Asked Questions