Test-Optional Policy

BUA’s prospective families are our admission office’s top priority. In a year that has already been riddled with unexpected anxieties and unknowns, difficulties with the implementation of at-home standardized testing have added additional, unwarranted stresses to the application process. After much consideration, and out of respect for our applicants, Boston University Academy has decided to remove its standardized testing requirement and become test-optional for the 2020-2021 application cycle only. 

Our admission office has always been committed to evaluating the entirety of our applicants’ files, without focusing solely on test scores. However, we recognize that students’ academic accomplishments might not be fully represented in applications this year, as the pandemic has caused disruptions across the education system since early March. Given this reality, we strongly encourage students who have test scores available or can safely take an SSAT this year to submit those scores to our team. Health and safety comes first, so students who are unable to submit testing will not be penalized in the admission process. 

If you are unable to submit any testing, our team may follow up with your family in January to request additional information or request that you take a BUA virtual assessment to provide an added data point for our admission committee.

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