Test Optional Policy

Lebanon Valley College does not require most applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for purposes of admission to the college.  Please see below for important exceptions to this policy.

Our admission process has always relied most heavily on a student’s high school transcript, taking into consideration grade performance and rigor of courses selected.  With this in mind the decision was made to allow students to decide for themselves whether or not their test results were an accurate reflection of the academic ability and potential.  For candidates electing to submit them, scores will be reviewed along with other indicators of academic ability.


Score Suppression/Submission:

Lebanon Valley College accepts either SAT I or ACT scores for review from any applicant wishing to have scores considered.

In reviewing SAT scores primary consideration is given to the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math portions of the exam. The Composite score is used when reviewing ACT scores.

Applicants will be able to indicate on the application whether or not they would like SAT I or ACT scores considered.

Lebanon Valley College will not review individual sections of tests but will take the best score from each section. See: Superscoring


Redesigned SAT

In March of 2016 the College Board began administering a redesigned version of the SAT. Applicants who decide to include their SAT results will not be required to submit the optional written section (SAT Essay).

Lebanon Valley College will continue to accept SAT results from exams taken prior to the redesign for first year and transfer applicants.



Lebanon Valley College will “superscore” both the ACT and SAT. This means that the Admission Advisory Committee will consider the highest Evidenced Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math scores or recalculated ACT composite score submitted by the applicant regardless of test date.

Is standardized testing required for certain applicants?

Yes, certain applicants may be required to submit standardized scores:

  • Applicants to our Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology programs are required to submit SAT I or ACT scores for consideration into those programs. Click the program name for more information on program requirements.
  • International applicants can find more information about required testing for International students here.
  • Students who do not have access to an official high school transcript may be required to submit SAT/ACT scores.