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The University of Alabama has announced that prospective students will have the option to submit standardized test scores for admission in 2021.

According to a Friday press release, UA will still require students to submit a high school diploma as well as complete the college application process but will leave it up to the student to submit an ACT or SAT score.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread across the nation, many high school students were unable to take traditional standardized tests because of health guidelines," Matt McLendon, associate vice president and executive director of enrollment management at UA, said in a press release. "UA and many peer universities are making test scores optional for the upcoming freshman class due to challenges surrounding testing availability."

This also extends to students who are seeking scholarships from the university. Students will now submit a scholarship application after they are admitted.

"Scholarship applicants who don’t submit a standardized test score will be reviewed on their scholarship application and GPA of core high school courses," McLendon said. "We have a system in place that will make the review process fair for all students who apply for a scholarship, whether they choose to submit a test score or not."

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