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Test-Optional Policy for Fall 2021 Application Cycle

Test-Optional Policy for 2020-2021 Application Cycle

 

Due to the limitations on opportunities to prepare for and take the SAT and ACT because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke Kunshan is adopting a test-optional policy for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Students who do not submit SAT or ACT scores with their application this year will not be at a disadvantage in our admissions process. In the absence of standardized exam results, the admissions committee will place increased emphasis on the remaining components of your application, including high school performance, application essays, and, in some cases, an admissions interview. There are no additional requirements for those who choose test-optional, although applicants are welcome to submit any additional materials that they feel may strengthen their application. If you will not be submitting an SAT or ACT score with your application, please complete the test waiver form in your application portal so that your application receives full consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 01 • Why is DKU changing it testing policy for Fall 2021?

    Due to the limitations on opportunities to prepare for and take the SAT and ACT because of COVID-19, Duke Kunshan is adopting a test-optional policy for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

  • 02 • If I submit my test results, will they be considered as part of my application?

    Yes, your test results will be counted as long as you have not submitted a test waiver form.

  • 03 • Will I be at a disadvantage for admission or scholarship selection if I don’t submit SAT or ACT scores?

    Students who do not submit SAT or ACT scores with their application this year will not be at a disadvantage in our holistic admissions process or scholarship selection. In the absence of standardized exam results, the admissions committee will place increased emphasis on the remaining components of your application including high school performance, application essays, and, in some cases, an admissions interview.

  • 04 • I have older SAT/ACT test results (taken in 2018 or 2019). Should I submit these?

    If you feel that your test scores may strengthen your application, please submit your test results with your application and they will be considered in your evaluation. If you have selected the test optional track by submitting the test waiver form in your portal, any exams submitted to DKU will not be factored into your evaluation.

  • 05 • Who will be eligible for a test waiver?

    All Fall 2021 international applicants are eligible for a test waiver, regardless of their reason.

  • 06 • I have SAT or ACT results but am unhappy with my result. May I still receive a test waiver?

    Yes, all Fall 2021 applicants are eligible for a test waiver, regardless of their reason.

  • 07 • Once I submit a waiver form or test scores, can I change my choice?

    We ask students to consider their choice carefully and make a firm commitment at the time of their application or no later than the application deadline (November 2nd 2020 for Early Decision applicants or January 4th 2021 for Regular Decision Applicants). After this time, change requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

    Please note that we will exclude any test results submitted to DKU after you complete a test waiver form.

    To request a change, email us at Intl-admissions@dukekunshan.edu.cn.

  • 08 •Will Duke Kunshan be test-optional for Fall 2022 applications as well?

    Next spring, we will reassess this policy and make a determination on whether it will be extended into next year’s admissions cycle.

  • 09 • As a non-native speaker of English, will there be any additional requirements for me?

    In most cases, the admissions committee can determine your level of English proficiency through the materials collected in your application and, if an invitation is extended, an admissions interview. Students with test results in English proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo are welcome to submit these to support their application, though these are not required in order for an application to be considered complete.

  • 10 • Do I need to submit anything else in lieu of test scores?

    No. The admissions committee will review your application holistically. In the absence of ACT/SAT test results, we will place increased emphasis on the remaining components of your application including high school performance, extracurricular activities and application essays, and, in some cases, an admissions interview. There are no additional requirements although applicants are welcome to submit any additional materials that they feel may strengthen their application.

  • 11 • How do I indicate that I will not be submitting a test score?

    Applicants who do not intend to submit a test score should submit a test waiver form which they can access in the application portal.