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Exam Week

As in the Bible's shortest line of, "Jesus wept." No, I am not crying, in fact, I am announcing mock exam days for Wednesday and Friday. From 10 am to 4 pm.

Call in and register.

March 11 is the official rollout of the digital exam. All students should know their test centers, have Blue Digital book uploaded to their devices, have sampled all 4 tests already. Of course, have been practicing......

Take a snack with you, your ticket, photo ID, current one...get to test centre early...have had a good night's rest.

For many it is a test run, for a few, this is it, as they are applying for this August.

Be calm and give it your best shot.


Dear Colleague,

We are entering the season when many high school sophomores and juniors become more engaged with their college search process, so I am writing to share an important update about Columbia. We are extending our test-optional policy for all applicants to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering, effective for entrance in Fall 2024 and beyond. We hope that this early notification will be helpful as you advise students and families about their post-secondary options. Please review the story we recently posted on our website for more detailed information, and feel free to share this news with students who may consider applying to Columbia in the future.

We hope transition to spring is treating you well.

Warmly, Jessica Marinaccio Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid


Dear Sandra, I am writing with the important news that NYU will continue to follow a test-optional admissions process for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle. This decision both reflects our initial support of those students whose educations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our enduring belief that access to and performance in standardized testing are not the sole markers of an individual’s academic accomplishments, and not always necessary to understand a student’s academic potential. Over the past three years, since we first offered a test-optional process, we have learned quite a bit about what this means for our applicants:

  • Students opt both ways. We have continued to see many applicants submit test scores, particularly when it enhances or completes the picture of their academic performance. We have also seen many successful applicants who have gone on to thrive as NYU students without submitting a standardized test score.

  • Our decade of flexible testing prepared us for this. NYU was on the forefront of flexible testing policies long before we implemented a test-optional policy, and our admissions process is adept at identifying top quality students even in the absence of SAT and ACT scores.

  • Test-optional policies have helped to remove barriers to access for a wide range of students who may not have traditionally seen themselves as viable candidates for admission to NYU. As a result, we see an increasingly diverse candidate pool on every level, which in turn, has enriched our community, both in the classroom and across our campuses.

Please know that there are two areas where testing is not optional: If you are in a non-US curriculum that requires a school leaving or University entrance exam to complete your degree, you will be required to submit this as part of your proof of graduation requirement. Additionally, if your primary language of instruction is not in English, you will need to provide an English Language exam.

As always, we are committed to supporting students through the college application process, and in pursuit of their academic aspirations. Sincerely, Jonathan B. Williams Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions

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