North Dakota public universities go ‘test optional’

May 27, 2022 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s public universities will no longer require applicants supply ACT or SAT test scores.

The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday that the North Dakota Board of Higher Education has voted to permanently drop the requirements beginning with applicants for the fall 2023 semester.

A number of states and individual colleges have foregone mandating applicants supply scores out of concerns that standardized tests disadvantage minorities and rural students may not have access to test centers.

North Dakota University System Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs says the system may still use standardized tests for course placement.