Maggie Foster
Puckett and Wallace
FYS: Modern Wake Forest: A Living History
April 7, 2016
Opening Doors with the Wake Forest Test-Optional Policy
Wake Forest adopted the test-optional policy in 2009, dropping the SAT and ACT
requirement. What does Wake Forest’s test-optional policy mean for its campus? Does it mean
increasing diversity among its students, or does it make Wake Forest less competitive among
other top-ranked universities, such as Harvard or Yale University? This approach allows for a
less stressful mindset among applicants, diversity throughout the campus, and a holistic view of
the applicants. Thus, this test-optional method opens doors for a variety of students from all over
the world.
Allowing students to decide whether or not they want to submit their test scores when
applying to Wake Forest provides a feeling of contentment for the applicants. It allows them to
be at ease with the SAT or ACT exam they took in which they might not have done so well on,
because they knew the power this one score had over their college applications. Not only does it
take that immense pressure away, but it also allows students not to be fixated on the average
SAT and ACT scores on Wake Forest’s website and brochures. Because of the absence of this
stress, students will apply to Wake Forest for the programs and opportunities it offers and not be
intimidated by the other students Wake Forest has accepted in previous years. Not requiring test
scores has increased the number of students applying, which has broadened the applicant pool;
therefore, this policy has boosted diversity among the members of the campus. With an increase
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