UAB will not require students to submit an ACT or SAT score when applying for admission for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2022. Whether applying with the UAB application or the Common Application, students have the option to choose if they wish to have test scores considered for admission.
For students who choose not to submit test scores for consideration, high school GPA and high school curriculum are the primary criteria for determining academic preparedness. Both factors are utilized for admission and scholarship consideration.
In 2020, UAB’s incoming freshman class had a mean ACT composite score of 25.9 and a mean high school GPA of 3.83. With these averages in mind, students should submit scores for consideration if they believe that their scores accurately reflect their quality of work in high school. If they feel that an ACT or SAT score is not reflective of their ability, they should not submit scores.
Please note that the choice of test option is final and cannot be changed after the admissions application has been submitted. Additionally, all incoming freshman students, no matter the test option that they choose, are required to complete the scholarship application in order to be considered for merit-based awards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for test-optional admission?
Entering freshmen who graduate(d) high school in 2020, 2021, or 2022 may choose to apply test-optional. This includes home schooled and international applicants (some international students may still be required to provide an English proficiency score).
How do I select my option?
You may choose your option on the application for admission. Your choice to include or exclude your ACT or SAT from review affects both admission and merit scholarship consideration.
Should I apply test-optional (request to have my ACT or SAT score included in the review or my application and scholarship eligibility)?
You should submit your ACT or SAT score(s) for consideration if you believe they accurately reflect your quality of work in high school. If you feel that your ACT or SAT score is not reflective of your ability, you should not submit scores.
How will I be evaluated for admission and scholarships?
High school GPA, strength of high school curriculum, and ACT or SAT scores (if you choose to have them included for review), are the primary criteria utilized for admission and scholarship consideration.
What if I already sent UAB my ACT or SAT score(s) prior to applying to UAB and wish to apply without them?
Although your test scores will remain in our system, they will not be used or reviewed for the purpose of admission or scholarship consideration. However, test scores can still be used for placement in English or math courses.
Can I switch options?
Once you indicate your preference on the application for admission, the choice is final and cannot be changed after the admissions application has been submitted.
Are test scores required for certain majors or programs?
In some cases, yes. However, there are a variety of alternatives provided to students who wish to pursue certain programs. You are encouraged to visit the departmental or program’s website or contact your admissions counselor for details.
Programs or majors that have additional steps or requirements include the following:
- Honors College
- Early Acceptance Program to Graduate School
- Early Medical, Dental, and Optometry School Acceptance Programs
If I apply test-optional, how will I be placed in courses without ACT/SAT scores?
Students without test scores will be required to take placement assessments in both English and math. Students with test scores, whether they applied test-optional or not, may use their test scores for placement or elect to take an assessment.