Admission & Financial Aid

ACT/SAT Test Optional Information

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University have adopted a test-optional admission policy beginning with the Fall 2021 term.

If applicants have strong grades and have taken challenging courses to prepare for college but feel their ACT/SAT scores aren't reflective of their academic ability, they can choose whether or not to have test scores considered as part of their application for admission and scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply test-optional

In order to remove the typically required item of “test score” from the application checklist, applicants should indicate they will be applying through our test-optional process on the Common Application or the CSB/SJU Get INspired application.

Please note:

  • Test scores are required from all applicants unless they select “No” on the “Should CSB/SJU consider yourACT or SAT scores when evaluating your application for admission and scholarships?” question on the application.
  • If applicants select this option, test scores will not be used (even if submitted) for admission or merit scholarship consideration.
Why did CSB/SJU decide to adopt a test-optional admission policy?

We realize the results of a standardized test don’t give us the full picture of a student’s future potential. Studies have shown that a more accurate measure of whether or not a student will be successful is by seeing the results of what they do on a daily basis. An applicant’s high school transcript shows us these results, not the test score achieved on one particular day.

Also, with the onset of COVID-19, we know many ACT and SAT test dates were cancelled. We don’t want a lack of test scores to deter anyone from applying for admission, and a transcript will give us plenty of information to determine an applicant’s ability to succeed in our academic environment.

Who should not report their test scores?

Students who do not feel their test scores accurately reflect their academic potential will have the choice of whether or not to submit their scores. As a result, those with strong college potential will continue to be accepted and awarded scholarships based on other application components such as their high school transcript and extracurricular involvement.

How do we evaluate students who do not submit standardized test scores?

We will review all other required materials including official high school transcripts. We will closely evaluate applicant’s high school work: curriculum, trends in grades and how they have challenged themselves. We will also evaluate high school involvement: extracurricular activities, leadership and community engagement.

Will I be at a disadvantage if I decide not to submit standardized test scores?

No. There will be no negative impact on applications without test scores, and applicants will still be considered for our academic achievement scholarships.

Who is required to submit test scores?
  • Students who have been home-schooled or attended non-grade-based schools.
  • International students who need to demonstrate English language proficiency will need to submit ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, DET or PTE Academics.
  • Students interested in being considered for the Nursing Early Admission Program.
For more information about test-optional admission policies and for a list of other colleges and universities who give students options with standardized testing and admission, visit FairTest.org.
Contact the Admission Office
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

2850 Abbey Plaza
PO Box 7155
Collegeville, MN 56321

Office 320-363-5060
Toll Free 800-544-1489
Fax 320-363-5650
Email [email protected]

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