Hanover College's test-optional policy went into effect on June 1, 2017, so if you are applying for first-year or transfer admission you are not required to submit standardized test scores.

This policy aligns with our admission philosophy of holistic review of applicants. The best indication of whether a student will be successful at Hanover is their performance in high school, including the grades they earn and the rigor of their coursework. Students choosing to apply without standardized test scores are strongly encouraged to submit a resume of activities and at least two letters of recommendation.

Choosing Whether or Not to Submit Test Scores in your application

We encourage you to carefully consider your options below:

  • If you choose not to submit test scores, you will not be viewed negatively. Test scores are not required for consideration in your acceptance or for merit-based scholarships. However, it is highly recommended that you submit a comprehensive resume and at least two letters of recommendation.
  • If you choose to submit test scores, your scores will be considered in conjunction with other supporting documents (such as resumes and supplemental letters of recommendation from individuals other than a teacher or counselor). There is no preference for SAT or ACT scores.

If you would like to discuss these options with your admission counselor, please call (800) 213-2178.

International Student Requirements

International students are still required to submit either the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE if English is not your first language. This requirement may be waived if you submit a SAT critical reasoning score of 600 or higher, evidence-based reading and writing of 600 or higher or an ACT English score of 27 or higher.

If you spent your most recent four years in a school setting where English is the sole language of instruction in all academic subjects (excluding foreign language and ESL/ELL courses), you are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement.