Test-Optional Plan

American University (AU) is continuing its test-optional pilot plan for the 2015 Fall semester. This plan is available to all applicants (Early Decision and Regular Decision) for Fall 2015.

Please note that applying to American University without submitting your standardized test scores will not affect your consideration for merit awards or admission to the University Honors Program.

If you will be graduating from a secondary school located outside the United States, please note that neither the SAT or ACT is required for admission. Please see Getting Started for more information.


Common Application Applicants

Students within the United States who do not wish to submit standardized test scores as a part of their application may do so provided they choose the "No, do not consider my SAT/ACT score for admission to AU" when responding to the "Preferred testing plan" question on General section of the Common Application.

Please Note: Once you have submitted your Common Application, and indicated your preferred testing plan under no circumstances can you reverse your decision.


Universal College Application Applicants

Students within the United States who do not wish to submit standardized test scores as a part of their application may do so provided they complete the UCA Test-Optional Form. The form can be accessed through the UCA application. 

Please Note: Once you have submitted your Universal College Application, and completed the Test-Optional Form, under no circumstances can you reverse your decision.

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The Common Application is one of two ways students can apply to AU.

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