- Due to the broad and unevenly distributed impacts of the pandemic, Penn will continue to be test-optional for the academic session 2022-2023. Applicants who take admissions this year will have an option on whether to submit an SAT or an ACT score as a part of their application and those candidates who do not choose to submit the scores will not be disadvantaged.
- The Test-optional policy was implemented by Penn in 2020-2021 for the first time after the college board and testing agencies cancelled several testing dates due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it was further extended until 2021-2022.
- However, international students are still required to demonstrate their English-language proficiency if they have not attended an English medium of instruction school or if English is not their native language. Students will have to take tests such as TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English tests to demonstrate their English proficiency.
- Penn received a 34% increase in applications in the academic session 2020-2021 from the admission cycle before resulting in the lowest admissions rate with a 5.68% acceptance rate in Penn History. The reason for this spike is due to the test-optional policy.
- Candidates are reviewed through the comprehensive review process and several college counselling specialists were first concerned when the policy was implemented stating that students applying with test scores could have an advantage with another qualification.
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