Test Optional Policy


Test Optional Policy

Standardized Test Policy

Drew is a test-optional school, which means you can choose whether or not to submit your SAT or ACT scores for consideration with your application. We take a holistic approach to reviewing your application and consider many factors in our decision, including your high school grades, course of study, recommendations, essay, extracurricular involvement and SAT/ACT scores, when submitted. We know that standardized tests may not measure the full range of your qualities, so it’s not a requirement of Drew’s admission process.

Applicants should indicate if they will submit scores when completing the application. Students electing not to submit SAT/ACT scores must present a strong high school transcript in a rigorous college-prep or honors curriculum and typically will have at least a B+ average.

How Do We Use Scores?

Students may submit either SAT or ACT scores for consideration.  For students submitting multiple test scores or test types Drew will use the highest available composite score in our admissions decision.

SAT Composite Super Scoring

When results from multiple College Board test dates are submitted, Drew will “super score” SAT scores. In other words, an applicant’s best SAT Math score combined with the best SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) score will produce a super score SAT composite (400-1600).

ACT Scores

When evaluating applicants who submit ACT scores, Drew’s admissions and scholarship committees primarily consider the ACT composite score. If results from multiple test dates are submitted, the highest single ACT composite score is used. While all sub-scores are presented to the committee, Drew does not formally “super score” ACT results.

For Scholarship Consideration

Drew’s merit scholarships are awarded largely based on academic achievement in high school. Students choosing not to submit standardized test scores will still be considered for merit scholarships.