Test Optional & Superscoring

HSU Admissions is making two significant changes for freshman applications for Fall 2021. We will be test optional, allowing students to choose whether or not they want a test score to be a factor in their admission decision. Students who indicate on their application that they do not want a test score to be evaluated for admission will not be required to submit a score. Students who indicate on their application that they do want a test score to be reviewed for admission will be “superscored” if they submit more than one test. Both of these changes will allow students to be seen by HSU in a way that benefits the student the most.

Test Optional

What does test optional mean?

It means students have a choice of whether or not they want a test score to be reviewed along with their application for admission. Students will be able to indicate their preference regarding test scores on their Fall 2021 application. HSU will honor that preference when we review your application and high school transcript.

Which should I choose?

Choose the option that you think shows HSU the best picture of you as a student.

If you have not yet taken an ACT, SAT, or CLT and you don’t plan to take a test, choose test optional. If you’ve already taken a test and are satisfied with your score, choose to be reviewed with your test score.

What happens if I want to go test optional but I already submitted a test score before I applied?

We understand that many juniors and seniors submit scores before they apply. That’s no problem. Just indicate on your application that you want to be reviewed without a test score and we will honor that, even if we have already received a test from you.

Will choosing test optional have an impact on anything besides my admission file?

  • The highest academic scholarships are reserved for students who submit high test scores. But you would still be considered for financial aid, even without a test score.
  • If you plan to apply for the Julius Olsen Honors Program, you must submit a test score to us.
  • If you choose a degree program requiring MATH 1310 or higher you will be required to complete a math placement exam.


If you’ve taken more than one test, submit them all to HSU and we will evaluate your best possible score by superscoring. If you’ve taken the ACT once and the SAT once, we will look at your total scores for both tests and determine which of the two tests is your best one. If you’ve taken either ACT, SAT, or CLT more than once, we will look at all the subtests for a test type and create a superscore for you. Beginning September 2020, ACT will allow students to retake a single subtest (after previously taking the entire test). And yes, we will take those single subtest scores into consideration for your superscore calculation as well.