Posted on April 11, 2024

Harvard Reinstates Standardized Testing Requirement

April Rubin, Axios, April 11, 2024

Harvard will again require its applicants to submit standardized test scores for admission, the university announced on Thursday.

Why it matters: Elite universities like Yale and MIT have reinstated standardized test requirements, reversing course on pandemic-era policies that made them optional.

  • At Harvard, the mandate will be in place for students applying to begin school in fall 2025.

Between the lines: Harvard had previously committed to a test-optional policy for applicants through the class of 2030, which would have started in fall 2026.


Catch up quick: Yale, Brown, Dartmouth and MIT had already reinstated exam score requirements for admissions.


Reality check: A majority of U.S. four-year colleges and universities remain test-free or test-optional for fall 2025 admissions, per FairTest.