Bloomfield College has approved a test-optional policy that will allow those applying for admission the option of not submitting standardized test scores, except in select circumstances.
According to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, colleges and universities that have adopted a test-optional policy experienced an increase in applicants that are more diverse and demonstrate higher academic quality. Bloomfield College has found that high school GPA has been a more reliable predictor of student success once on campus than standardized test scores alone.
How will students who opt out of submitting scores be evaluated?
Students who opt out of submitting SAT/ACT scores will be evaluated on their high school grade point average, curriculum, recommendations, and writing skills, among other achievements. Applicants may be required to submit additional materials or participate in an official college interview.
Students who choose not to submit scores will need to satisfy the following requirements to be considered for admission:
- Have taken a college preparatory curriculum in high school
- Have successfully completed or are actively taking Algebra II
- Submit all required documentation and any supplemental documentation requested by the Office of Admission
What students will be required to submit test scores?
Students who will need to submit test scores include:
- Applicants applying for merit-based, academic scholarships
- Recruited NCAA Division II athletes
- Applicants who are homeschooled
How do I decide if I should submit my test scores?
Those who meet the requirements of opting out of submitting test scores may decide they prefer to submit them as part of the application process in cases where they feel their scores accurately reflect their academic abilities.
Individuals who meet the requirements and choose to submit their scores will have them reviewed as supplemental material. Choosing not to submit your scores will not be looked upon negatively.
What else should I know?
Most of our accepted freshman applicants have a solid ‘B’ average or above in their college preparatory, honors, and AP courses in high school. If your grade point average is not at that level, but you have performed well on the SAT or ACT, we encourage you to send your scores as part of your application.
Bloomfield College will accept scores from both the old version of the SAT and the redesigned SAT (March 2016 start date). The Math and Reading and Writing scores are combined to create your SAT score on a 1600-point scale. We will create a “super score” consisting of your highest score from each section if you take the SAT more than once. Bloomfield College does not evaluate the SAT essay or the writing section of the ACT in the admissions process.
Those who choose not to submit their scores will not have their scores considered during the process, even if they appear on your high school transcript. If you have submitted your scores but would like to have them removed from consideration, you can do so by contacting the Office of Admission by texting 973-828-0830 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
International applicants are not required to submit SAT scores but must meet English proficiency requirements via the TOEFL or IELTS. This requirement can be waived, however, with submission of a strong SAT or ACT.