Students who believe that standardized test scores do not accurately reflect the strength of their academic achievements can choose to be considered as test-optional in the admissions process.
For Fall 2021 Admission:
Carthage is test-optional for Fall 2021 due to testing disruptions caused by COVID-19. This means we will review your application for admission and scholarships with or without ACT or SAT test scores. No test-optional form/steps are required.
For Fall 2020 Admission:
Why test-optional? This policy aligns with our admissions philosophy of holistic review. Standardized testing is not always the strongest indicator of successful performance in college. We look at the student’s high school performance through grades and strengths in their coursework.
Who is required to submit test scores for Fall 2020?
The following applicants must submit SAT/ACT scores:
- Applicants to the direct entry Carthage Nursing Program
- Applicants who are homeschooled
- International students for whom English is not their native language (TOEFL results or SAT/ACT required)
- Students who wish to be considered for our competitive scholarship programs (Presidential, Business, Modern Language, Math/Science scholarship programs)
Should you submit your test scores?
SAT/ACT scores are an optional credential, and as an applicant, you can decide if you want to submit your scores to Carthage College as part of your application. If you feel your SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of your academic abilities, you are welcome to submit them for consideration.
The mid-range ACT score of admitted students is 21-27; the average ACT score is 24. The mid-range SAT score (SAT CR+M) of admitted students is 980-1240; the average SAT score is 1110. If your scores fall within this range, including them in your application could make you a more competitive candidate.
Have you decided test-optional is for you?
We ask that you submit a graded paper, minimum one page (250 words), from your junior or senior year of high school, and complete an admission interview with a member of the admissions staff. Please contact the Office of Admissions directly at 262-551-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit the test-optional form.