WMU Testing Policy


In light of the uncertainty surrounding the timeline of and access to the ACT or SAT, Western Michigan University has adopted a test-optional policy for students applying for 2021 entry terms. This applies to both admission and Office of Admissions scholarship consideration.

Definition of “test-optional”:  Students may report/submit ACT or SAT test scores if they wish, but it is not required.  If a student does wish to have their test score used in the admission process, they can self-report their scores on the admission application.  

Applicants who do wish test scores to be used in the admission process should report/submit scores from all test dates.  Doing so will allow WMU to use your highest subscores from any test date to superscore your total (SAT) or composite (ACT) score.

Enrolling students:  Students who decide to enroll at WMU are encouraged to provide official test scores if they have them prior to new student orientation.  Scores can be sent directly from the testing agency or included on an official high school transcript

Students may request official test scores from the appropriate testing agency at:

  • ACT: Use WMU school code 2066
  • SAT (College Board): Use WMU school code 1902 

 Other Standardized Tests:

 Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and SAT subject scores are optional. Official AP and IB scores can be submitted for possible credit evaluation. Learn more about AP and IB scores at WMU.


There will continue to be much uncertainty about access to the ACT and SAT for many months. Consequently, WMU has not determined testing requirements for entry terms beyond the 2021 calendar year.  Final decisions about a permanent testing policy will be made in late spring 2021.

You may view our past testing policy on our Historical Testing Policy webpage.