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Test-optional Policy & FAQ

  • The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 as an institution of higher-learning to provide student-focused education and experiences. 

    View our official UMES Test-optional Press Release

    Q: What is test-optional?

    A: The term “test-optional” refers to an admissions process through which an institution does not utilize standardized test such as the SAT or ACT as evaluation criteria.

    Q: Why test-optional?

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    Q: Does the “test-optional” policy apply to graduate school?

    A: No, the test-optional policy only applies to the undergraduate admissions process. For the admissions requirements for our graduate studies programs, visit

    Q: Who chooses not to submit test scores?

    A: A student may feel that their standardized test scores do not reflect their true abilities, and therefore, may choose not to submit their test scores. Students who are applying to our Richard A. Henson Honors Program or plan on participating in an intercollegiate NCAA sport must submit test scores. 
    The Office of Admissions & Recruitment will request test scores for data collection purposes but these scores will not impact admissions decisions.