Students who are considering applying to the University of Wisconsin-Madison won't need to submit ACT or SAT test scores.  The move comes as UW-Madison follows the rest of the state system - at least in a temporary situation.

News sources confirm that applicants can still submit their ACT and SAT scores - if they have them. However, the lack of these standardized test scores won't be held against them as part of the process.

The move is part of a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic - which reduced the number of testing sites for ACT and SAT as well as the number of potential students taking them. Many factors play into this  situation - the least of which is lack of access to computer technology and/or access to high speed internet connections.

Earlier this spring, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents voted to delete the test score requirements for all of the universities that fall under their jurisdiction, with the exception of the Madison campus.  This move will apply for the 2020-2021 and for the 2021-2022 school years.

Instead of counting on the raw testing scores, UW-schools will instead take a "holistic approach" to the confirmation process. According to news sources, officials will instead look at and take "into consideration an applicant's high school grades, recommendation letters from teachers or counselors, writing samples, and the level of rigor of a students' coursework".

For the time being, the respite from having to submit the ACT or SAT scores is only in effect for the next two years.  However, university officials will be studying and evaluating the decision over that time.

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