Holding standard procedure to a higher standard.
For the record, it’s not that we think standardized tests are evil. We just think that the measure of your intelligence and potential requires a deeper dive. It’s about life experience, aspiration, work ethic, engagement and all of what makes you who you are. That’s why we believe so strongly in the interview process. Numbers rarely tell the whole story.
In 2008 Wake Forest made the move to make standardized tests like the SAT and the ACT optional elements of our admissions process. We’re very glad we did. In the years since our undergraduate diversity has increased 30%, and 40% of the Class of 2013 graduated with academic distinction. Again, numbers cannot tell the whole story, but they have provided hard evidence to what our instincts originally told us: making test scores optional would not compromise the academic quality of our institution, but rather make our university more diverse and intellectually stimulating.
It’s simple. If you think your scores are an accurate representation of your ability, feel free to submit them. If you feel they are not, don’t. You won’t be penalized.