We see YOU, not just your test scores.
Here at Elms, we see you. We see that you are more than a test score. You are your thoughts and ideas, your unique personality. Your passions, your spirit, your best intentions. You are your dreams and aspirations, and you are your potential to work for a world that is more just, more accessible, more hospitable, more full of kindness. Test scores don’t reflect what makes you YOU. That’s why Elms has decided to become test-optional for most of our programs.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Have another? Give us a call at 413-592-3189 or email .
What does it mean to be a “test-optional” institution?
We believe a student’s high school GPA and curriculum are better predictors of long-term student success than standardized test scores. Therefore as a “test-optional” institution, we are able to broaden accessibility to students who might perform well in the classroom, but not perform well on standardized tests.
How do I tell Elms College if I am submitting my test scores or not?
If you indicate that you will not be submitting your scores, we will not consider them during the application review process even if they are sent or included on your transcript.
*Nursing applicants are required to submit test scores. Please see question and answer below.
Are there any students who cannot apply test-optional?
Also, if you are an international student and are applying from a country where English is not the native language you are required to submit either the TOEFL or the English version of the SAT/ACT.
How do I know if I should submit my test scores or not?
What if I do not submit my test scores?
What if I change my mind about submitting test scores after I’ve already submitted my application?
Am I still eligible for merit scholarship if I do not submit my scores?
Are transfer students required to submit test scores?
Want to learn more about why Elms College is test optional? Click here to read our full press release.
You can watch Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing Jon Scully discuss the move to test optional on a Springfield TV news show below: