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Test Optional Policy

Hood College evaluates students on their academic preparation, talents, and interests, as well as their potential to achieve their educational and career goals. Understanding that standardized test scores may not be the best indication of an academically prepared student, we offer test optional admission for all domestic applicants.

International students can have their test scores waived if their native language is English, and/or have attended four years of high school in the United States. Otherwise, we do require international students to submit the SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS examinations. All candidates applying to Hood College will be considered for admission based on the rigor of their academic curriculum, GPA, letters of recommendation, essay, and extracurricular and community activities.

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