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Adam Johnson is the lead instructor for test preparation workshops at UTSA. Adam has over 20 years of experience teaching standardized test preparation classes.
After teaching for several years for a leading test-preparation company, Adam taught English and test-preparation in Valencia, Spain. He has consistently scored in the 99th percentile on standardized tests including perfect scores on the GRE and LSAT.
He's not only an expert on the tests that he teaches, but also a devoted and energetic instructor who can communicate strategies to help others Excellerate their scores.
Timothy Porter is an Army veteran of 10 years. He achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class within 7 years. After being involved in a bomb explosion, Porter was medically retired and began pursuing his passion: technology. In 2009, after teaching himself how to develop mobile apps, Appddiction Studio was formed. In 2011, Appddiction Studio was nationally recognized by the USA Network Channel. Porter was one of their USA Character Unite Award winners for developing an award-winning anti-bullying App for schools. Appddiction Studio has developed well over 200 commercial mobile apps and has become a leader in Enterprise transformations focusing on Agile and the SAFe Framework.
Porter has multiple degrees in Management Information Systems and holds an MBA. He is an SPC and RTE and has performed roles for Appddiction Studio as Scaled program Consultant, Enterprise Coach & Trainer, Agile Coach, Release Train Engineer to Scrum Master. Appddiction Studio has been performing for programs supporting Gunter AFB as a Prime Contractor in: Agile Coaching, EODIMS JST & EODIMS Backlog Burndown and now as a subcontractor on ACES FoS.
Porter has taught over 50 public/private SAFe classes and has submitted his packet for consideration to become SPCT Gold Partner. He is certified at all levels of SAFe Framework and teaches Leading SAFe, SAFe Scrum Master, Advanced Scrum Master, Lean Portfolio Management, Product Owner/Product Management, SAFe DevOps, SAFe Architect in addition to Agile courses like ICAgile Agile Fundamentals, ICAgile Agile Team Facilitation, ICAgile Agile Programming & ICAgile DevOps Foundations.
W&M extends test-optional admission process indefinitely
Following a highly effective three-year pilot program, William & Mary will continue its standardized test-optional undergraduate admission process indefinitely. The test-optional approach allows prospective students to decide whether they wish to include SAT or ACT test results as part of their application. William & Mary’s holistic admission review process involves many components, including several optional elements, such as standardized test scores, teacher recommendations and interviews.
For more information about applying test-optional, please visit our Test-Optional FAQ page.
Higher education faculty say many college and university students experienced disruptive “learning loss” during the pandemic, and its aftermath lingers.
Additionally, education industry representatives indicate that loss kept expanding because it was fairly straightforward to resume learning after the pandemic shutdown, but was very hard to accelerate it.
Recognizing the struggles students were having in the academic landscape during the pandemic, many colleges and universities moved to being “test optional” for requiring college and career readiness test results from the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and ACT (American College Testing).
When an institution designates itself as “test optional,” a student’s SAT or ACT results are only considered if the student submits those test scores during the application process.
The SAT was launched in 1926, and the ACT test was introduced in 1959. So, what’s happened to these two time-honored traditions since the immediate post-pandemic period?
Presently, Webster University is still a test-optional institution. At the time of application, students may decide whether they wish for ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admission. For students submitting test scores as part of their application file, Webster University will accept self-reported test scores.
Freshman applicants can list test scores on their Common Application, and these test scores will meet the requirement for admission. All freshman admitted, and who ultimately enroll at Webster University, must submit official test scores prior to the start of their first term. Official test scores will be required prior to the start of the term for reporting purposes. Scores listed on an official high school transcript are considered official.
Truman State University is remaining test optional through fall 2023, too.
Washington University adopted a test-optional policy for applicants through 2024. If applicants select to submit scores, standardized SAT and ACT tests are accepted, according to the university’s website.
At Saint Louis University, ACT and SAT scores also are still optional. Applicants may submit test scores as part of their application, but “students who don’t will not be disadvantaged in any way,” SLU’s website promises.
University of Missouri campuses also extended the “Test-Optional Admissions” pilot program for students applying to enter through 2024.
Southeast Missouri State University is a test-optional school as well. No essay is required either, according to the university’s website.
Harris-Stowe State University is test-optional, too. The university’s website indicates applicants can submit either the ACT or SAT score for additional scholarship consideration, and that “superscoring is the process by which colleges consider your highest section scores across all the dates you took the SAT or ACT.”
Lindenwood University also is a test-optional institution. Lindenwood’s website states the policy allows officials “to consider strengths other than standardized test scores.”
Admission decisions at Fontbonne University are based on applicants’ grades in high school. Fontbonne’s online literature asserts that ACT/SAT scores are not required for admission or scholarships, however TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language] test scores may be required for international applicants.
St. Louis Community College-Forest Park requires for admission the completion of an untimed computerized placement test, high school GPA and other measures to determine the course work that would be best for each accepted student.
An up-to-date transcript showing courses completed in the home school or Christian high school curriculum, and listing grades for those courses, is required for Missouri Baptist University admission. While an ACT/SAT composite score is not a requirement for admission to Missouri Baptist, admission staffers there indicate that it does help with course placement.
At Southern Illinois University, the admissions process states that university officials know “the best indicator of college success is how hard you worked in high school, not how well you scored on a test. That’s why we no longer require submission of SAT or ACT scores for students with a high school GPA of 2.75 or above.”
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the admission process at Saint Louis University, including information about transcripts, financial aid and more.
Graduate admission requirements at Saint Louis University may vary by program. Contact the department directly for minimum test scores and other required materials. You can find contact information, as well as additional admission requirements, on degree-specific pages or answers to frequently asked admission questions below:
Yes. The University offers several pre-approved dual degree programs. SLU also considers any requests to enroll in two programs and pursue multiple degrees at the same time on a case-by-case basis.
Contact the departments of both programs to determine the eligibility and policies for a concurrent enrollment. If you wish to pursue a dual-degree, you will need to apply and be accepted by both degree programs.
Your academic transcripts will be required for graduate admission to Saint Louis University. Learn more below:
Saint Louis University's graduate tuition and fees vary by specific program.
See a Current Schedule of Tuition & Fees
Assistantships are awarded by individual programs or departments and usually require you to assist with teaching, research or other departmental duties. As part of your application, you’ll be asked to indicate whether you are interested in an assistantship, but you should also check with your program to see if any additional application is required. The program or department can provide you with details on the availability of assistantships.
Fellowships are awarded to newly accepted master's or doctoral level students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement and potential for success.
More on Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships at SLU
International students may have additional admission requirements to Saint Louis University's academic programs. Specific information can be found on degree-specific pages. For general questions, see below:
To be considered for admission, international students must have the academic, linguistic, and financial abilities to successfully complete the professional program. Specific requirements are as follows:
International applicants must fulfill the same undergraduate academic requirements as United States applicants.
International applicants are required to submit official foreign transcripts to an approved foreign transcript evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report. The official evaluation should then be sent to OptomCAS. We highly recommend that you contact the foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. The service may take several weeks to process your foreign transcript once it is received. Below is a list of commonly used and accepted evaluation services.
Testing and Interview Requirements
Students who are outside the US and admitted to the UAB School of Optometry must generally obtain an F-1 or J-1 student visa to enter the US to begin classes. The UAB Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will assist you and provide the information necessary to obtain a visa after admission. Specific information on sponsorship and financial requirements can be obtained from:
International Student and Scholar Services
Melvin H. Sterne Library
917 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294
Telephone (205) 934-3328
Learn more about our test-optional policy:
Can I switch my testing plan after submitting my Common Application?
Students who submit standardized test results to Boston College and indicate on their applications that they wish to have scores considered will be unable to switch their application to test-optional at a later point in time. Once scores become part of a student's file, they cannot be removed.
Students who apply as test-optional candidates and later wish to have the Admission Committee consider their standardized test results may request to do so in writing at email@example.com. For full consideration, students should contact us directly as close to our deadlines as possible.
Does this policy apply to international students?
Yes. International students are still required to demonstrate English language proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, or Duoligo English Test results. This English language proficiency requirement may be waived for students who speak English as their native language, have attended a US high school for at least three years in a non-ESOL curriculum, or submit standardized test results including scores of 650 or greater on the SAT EBRW or 29 or greater on the ACT English section. Learn more here.
Does this policy apply to home-schooled students?
Yes. However, because the Admission Committee has little context in which to evaluate home-schooled students’ academic results, standardized test results are extremely helpful to the Admission Committee. Home-schooled applicants are strongly encouraged to submit standardized test scores that allow us to put their applications in context with others in our pool. Other quantitative measures that students may also benefit from submitting include AP test scores and/or college coursework. Official college transcripts should be submitted for all college courses completed.
Does this policy apply to athletic recruits?
Yes. The NCAA has removed the test score requirement for athletic eligibility in Division I sports. Recruited athletes are responsible for ensuring their NCAA eligibility.