Test Optional FAQ

  1. What is the objective of Doane offering test-optional admission?  — Read More…
    • It fits our vision in increasing access to a Doane education. Our goal with adding test-optional admission is three-fold:
      1. We recognize the evidence of test bias, knowing that standardized tests are not always the best indicator of a student’s potential for success in college.
      2. We recognize the importance of cumulative GPA in student success, valuing student performance in high school.
      3. We’re always looking for ways that lead to a more diverse and interesting student body, particularly those populations who do not perform well on tests but do in the classroom.
  2. What does “test-optional” really mean?  — Read More…
    • A test-optional admission policy means some applicants can choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores. The rules vary from college to college. Some colleges determine your test-optional eligibility using an index calculated from your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

      Some test-optional colleges require scores if students are out-of-state or international applicants, declaring certain majors or applying for scholarships from the college.

      At Doane, we believe the test-optional route is a way for students who don’t believe that standardized testing truly shows the strength of their admission candidacy.
  3. Can I submit my test scores if I want to?  — Read More…
    • Students who believe their SAT or ACT scores are a positive component of their academic portfolio can still submit them as part of their application package.
  4. If I want to be considered for an academic scholarship, do I need to submit my test scores?  — Read More…
    • No, every admitted Doane student receives some sort of academic aid whether or not they submit a test score.
  5. Can transfer or international students use Doane’s Test-Optional Admission?  — Read More…
    • No, our test-optional admission does not apply to transfer or international students.
  6. Can home-schooled students choose Doane’s Test-Optional Admission?  — Read More…
    • No, not at this time.
  7. Can recruited student-athletes apply test-optional?  — Read More…
    • Yes, but the NAIA clearinghouse requires prospective student-athletes to meet at least two out of these three requirements:
      1. A minimum 16 ACT or 770-810 SAT.
      2. Finish high school in the top half of your graduating class
      3. Graduate with a 2.0 or higher GPA.
      For more information on eligibility, go to playnaia.org.
  8. How do I change my mind to test-optional from my original selection on Doane’s application?  — Read More…
    • If you want to change your response to test-optional, please email your admissions counselor and we will make the adjustment. If an admission decision has been made, we cannot go back and review the file.
  9. How will Doane evaluate students who do not submit test scores?  — Read More…
    • As with all applications, Doane takes a holistic approach to application review. The University considers an application to Doane, a student’s transcript and a graded writing sample. If provided, we will also evaluate counselor/teacher recommendations, employment, extracurricular activities and/or leadership experience as we seek to enroll students with the greatest potential for success at Doane.
  10. Will I be disadvantaged in the admission process if I choose the test-optional path?  — Read More…
    • Not at all! Students who choose to apply test-optional will be given complete and equal consideration for admission, the same as our evaluation of students who choose the standard application path!
  11. Will additional essays be required?  — Read More…
    • No, only the one writing sample—a graded English or history paper with teacher comments from your junior or, preferably, senior year of high school—is required. In the event you do not have a graded paper with teacher comments, please email your admissions counselor.
  12. What criteria is used to determine an admission decision in lieu of SAT or ACT score?  — Read More…
    • Two things: your high school transcript; a graded English or history class writing sample from your junior or (preferably) senior year of high school.
  13. Who is responsible for evaluating material for admission consideration?  — Read More…
    • A designated admission committee reviews application material on all students applying for test-optional admission. Following your evaluation, the committee will make its recommendation to the vice president of Enrollment Services.

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