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In 2007, WPI became the first nationally-ranked science and engineering university to adopt a test-optional admissions policy and provide an alternative to submitting SAT or ACT scores.

WPI’s test-optional policy takes into consideration that standardized tests do not always accurately represent a student’s potential for success and provides you the opportunity to choose whether you wish to submit test scores with your application. Additionally, students have the ability to submit additional materials reflecting academic potential, such as summer program experiences, independent research or internships, portfolios of artistic endeavors, mechanical designs, or inventions.

To take advantage of WPI’s testing-optional policy, you will indicate your choice on the Common Application.

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.

Can I submit standardized test scores AND supplemental materials?

All students are welcome to send supplemental materials to be considered as part of the application process. You may choose to submit standardized test scores and/or 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 the SAT or ACT.

WPI is a community first and an academic institution second, in my opinion. Being test-optional allows admissions to get to know the student, not the number and that gave me the confidence to apply to WPI.
Kelly Carlson
Sophomore
Being a test-optional university signals that WPI is more than just about test scores. It shows we really care about the whole person.
Kristin Tichenor
Senior Vice President
I didn’t feel that my SAT and ACT scores reflected my academic ability, intellectual passion, curiosity, and work ethic. Being test-optional allowed me to showcase my abilities to one of my top schools.
Maggie Vaccaro
Sophomore

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