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University of Tennessee, Knoxville not requiring standardized tests for 2021 admission

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 14:22:00-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The application process will be a bit easier for prospective students of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for the fall 2021 semester.

To make the process less stressful for applicants and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission of standardized test scores - such as the ACT or SAT - will be optional for the fall 2021 admissions cycle, the university announced Friday.

Testing centers and companies have suspended testing due to the pandemic, making submitting a complete application difficult.

“We are working to be compassionate, creative, and flexible with our current and future students in extraordinary circumstances,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman. “Future Vols should not have to put off their college education or choose another university because they lack access to standardized testing.”

Officials with the university will review the results of the new admissions process before deciding whether to continue it beyond 2021 admissions.

Should prospective students desire, they can still submit ACT or SAT scores.

UT's application process will open August 1.