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Penn Extends Test-Optional Policy Through 2023-24
Penn Admissions | January 9, 2023

As the first official update of the new year, Penn is announcing the extension of our test-optional policy through the 2023-24 admissions cycle. This extension applies to all first-year and transfer applicants.

With this update, you may ask yourself, “what does this mean for me?”

As you prepare your college application, we invite you to read Dean Soule’s post from last year explaining why Penn has made this change and how you should approach it.

For more information on Penn’s testing requirements, please see below or refer to our testing webpage.


Testing for the 2023-24 Admissions Cycle

Penn Admissions will not require ACT or SAT test results for the 2023-24 application cycle. Students who are unable or choose not to submit test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. We will continue to evaluate all components of an individual’s application through our comprehensive review process.

For those students who wish to include testing as part of their applications, Penn will continue to accept SAT and ACT scores. We will accept ACT and SAT scores through November 2023 test dates for Early Decision applicants and scores through December 2023 for Regular Decision applicants. We will continue to accept self-reported scores at the time of application. Admitted students who included testing as part of their applications will be required to provide official score reports prior to matriculation.

If English is not a student’s native language or the language of instruction throughout high school, we continue to require testing that demonstrates English proficiency. For more details on these policies, please see our testing webpage.

Penn will also continue to follow the guidance and policies of the Ivy League regarding testing requirements for applicants who expect to participate in a varsity athletic program.  For more information, please see the Ivy League's webpage for prospective student athletes.

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