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, Flex Path, option takes into consideration that standardized tests do not always accurately represent a student’s potential for success and provides you with the opportunity to submit material that is an appropriate reflection of your academic potential, such as summer program experiences, independent research or internships, portfolios of your artistic endeavors, your mechanical designs, or inventions.

To take advantage of WPI’s testing-optional policy, you will indicate your choice on the Common Application and then upload your submission with your application for admission to WPI. If you do not upload your test-optional form through the Common Application, you must complete this cover sheet and include it with your test-optional submission.

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
  • Portfolios
  • Inventions

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.

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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