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Test Optional


Information about Salem State University's Test Optional Criteria

Salem State University no longer requires standardized tests scores (SAT/ACT) as part of our admission requirements.*

As part of a growing national movement, eliminating standardized tests from admission requirements allows Salem State to attract more students who are academically qualified based on their high school course selection and GPA, but perhaps did not score well on the SAT/ACT.

By eliminating test score requirements, we will focus our admission decisions on a student’s academic work and grade point average, which research has shown are better predictors for academic success.

*Please note: Nursing applicants must submit test scores.

Test Optional Guidelines

  • Applicants who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher are encouraged to submit their test scores (SAT/ACT) as it will assist with academic placement at orientation when registering for classes  
  • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 must submit a letter of reference from a teacher or high school guidance counselor
  • Applicants who are homeschooled must submit test scores
  • Applicants who submit transcripts with narratives and not grades must submit test scores

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a completed application to Salem State. To select "test optional", please check off "test optional" on the application. 

Applicants may be contacted if additional information is needed.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact admissions with any questions at 978.542.6200 or

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