Because high school students have had limited opportunities to take the SAT or ACT during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign made the decision to go test-optional this year.
What Does Test-Optional Mean?
Test-optional means that if you’re interested in attending UIUC next fall and are applying for fall 2021 freshman admission, you’re not required to report SAT or ACT test results on our application.
Many students worry that we’ll judge their application differently based on whether they choose to report their scores or not. Rest assured, we won’t! Regardless of your decision, we’ll perform a holistic review, which you can learn more about on our website.
Should I Report My Scores?
Our advice is to report your scores if you feel they accurately represent your ability. Ultimately, do what feels more comfortable to you!
How Do I Report My Scores?
If you do choose to report your scores, you’ll be asked to self-report them on our application. You may also have official scores sent directly. You can send your scores to UIUC using our school codes: 1836 (SAT I) or 1154 (ACT). Note that we only use the highest scores you give us.
A Note for International Applicants
If you’re an international applicant, be aware that you need to demonstrate a command of the English language. This means that we may still require or strongly recommend a TOEFL or IELTS score.
If you still have questions regarding our test-optional policy, I encourage you to check out our test-optional FAQ. It has a lot of helpful information. You can also email us or call us at 217-333-0302 at any time. We admissions counselors are always here to help!