Why is WPI test optional?
We find that students typically attach too much importance to the role that standardized test scores play in the admissions process. Our policy more accurately reflects the extent to which student motivation and initiative are important predictors of academic success. This is especially true at WPI, where students are expected to develop innovative approaches to pressing, real world issues.
How does WPI evaluate test-optional applicants?
Submissions instead of standardized test scores are evaluated for one or more of the following: creativity, problem solving ability, initiative, motivation, leadership, academic ability, technical skill, team work, and social commitment.
What are some good examples of test-optional submissions?
While every test-optional submission is unique, in the past, students have submitted samples of work like:
- Written descriptions of science projects
- Research papers
- Overview of leadership experiences
- Entrepreneurial activities
- Robotics or other mechanical design concepts
- Eagle Scout/Gold Award projects
- Summer program experiences
Can I submit standardized test scores AND supplemental materials?
If you choose to submit your standardized test scores, you are also welcome to include samples of your academic work in addition to your transcript, recommendations and test scores. It is up to you to decide which approach makes the strongest application.
Are certain applicants still required to submit test scores?
International students must demonstrate proof of English language proficiency by submitting results of the TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, or GCSE examinations whether or not they choose to submit materials in lieu of the SAT or ACT.
Also, home-schooled students are asked to submit the SAT or ACT in order to provide a standardized measure of academic achievement. All students are welcome to send additional materials to be considered as part of the application process.