ACT, SAT now optional for those applying to Missouri State University

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Missouri State University is no longer requiring incoming freshmen to take the ACT or SAT to qualify for admission.

Students with a high school GPA of at least 3.25 now qualify for “test-optional” admission.

MSU says many schools adopted the new policy because Spring and Summer standardized tests were canceled amid COVID-19. Plus, the school says, research on standardized tests show exams like the ACT and SAT disadvantage students of color, students from low-income families, and students who have disabilities.

For students who do end up taking these tests for admission, MSU will now accept superscores which is an average score calculated from a student’s highest score from each section of the test.

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