FAQs: U.S. high school applicants (Fall 2021)

Frequently Asked Questions

Standardized Testing

I am applying for Fall 2021. Are my ACT and/or SAT and SAT Subject Test scores required?

No. In response to the interruption of testing services brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, McGill University is offering all Fall 2021 applicants who would normally be required to submit ACT and/or SAT and SAT Subject Test scores the option of including or excluding these scores as factors in the admission decision. This applies to students completing a US high school diploma in the USA or elsewhere to most undergraduate programs*.

This 'test optional’ initiative applies to Fall 2021 applicants only. ACT and SAT and SAT Subject Test scores will remain a required component of the McGill application process for Fall 2022 applicants and beyond.

*Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, BA&Sc, Education, including Kinesiology, Engineering, including Architecture, Management, Nursing, and Science.

I have chosen to have ACT and/or SAT and SAT Subject Test scores excluded from the review of my application. How will my application be considered?


In order to make the best-informed admission decision possible, McGill Admissions will consider all academic aspects of your application. This includes grades, breadth of course choice, challenge level of courses (rigour), rank in class (if available), and any examinations results, such as Advanced Placement (AP).

I am applying for Fall 2021. I took ACT and/or SAT and SAT Subject Tests but I do not feel that my results accurately reflect my abilities. Should I submit them?

If you feel that your scores do not accurately reflect your academic abilities and university preparedness, you may indicate that you wish to have them excluded from the review of your application. The deadline to indicate this is HERE.

What if I have SAT 1 (EBRW/Math) and no SAT Subject tests? Can I send some scores and not all? What if I only have subject tests?

Unless you submit the designated web form to be ’test optional‘ all required test results must be submitted (refer to mcgill.ca/undergraduate-admissions/apply/requirements/us). Admission review cannot accept partial test submissions.

How will I notify McGill that I want to exclude my ACT and/or SAT and SAT Subject Test scores from the review of my Fall 2021 application?

If you wish to apply as 'test optional', this means that your ACT and/or SAT and SAT subject test scores will not be considered in reviewing your file for Fall 2021 admissions. To apply as test optional, you must follow the steps below. This will apply to all your application program choices for Fall 2021 and is final once the form has been submitted. If the form is not uploaded, we will consider test scores in the review of your application. Please take careful note of your deadline to submit the ‘Request Form to exclude ACT/SAT’.

For applications submitted between October 1 and November 20, this form must be uploaded not later than December 1.

For applications submitted after November 20, this form must be uploaded not later than 10 days after the date of your application.

After submitting your application to McGill and receiving your emailed acknowledgement notice (which includes your Minerva ID number and PIN), complete the form following the steps outlined below:

  1. Download the form (mcgill.ca/undergraduate-admissions/files/undergraduate-admissions/testoptionalrequestform_.pdf).
    • Complete the form, and save it to your device as a PDF.
  2. Log in to your Minerva account using your ID number and your PIN.
    • Select the Applicant menu.
    • Select Admission Application and Documentation Status.
    • Select an application.
  3. In the checklist requirements for that application, ‘Confirm to exclude ACT/SAT’ will show on the checklist.
  • Upload the completed PDF form to your ‘Confirm to exclude ACT/SAT’ checklist item
  • Verify the form has uploaded by the receipt date.
  1. You may have applied to multiple programs; only upload the form once and it will update all program applications that you submitted.

 

What happens if I miss the deadline to upload the form?

In the interest of timely offers, it is important that the published deadlines are respected.

What if I take a standardized test after my opt-out deadline has passed?

Once an application is submitted, students have until the stated deadline to submit the test-optional form (see deadlines here). If you plan to write standardized tests in December, applying to McGill closer to the January 15th deadline will allow you more time to decide whether to be test-optional.

I submitted ACT and/or SAT and SAT Subject Test scores to McGill before I applied, but now I wish to have them excluded from the review of my application. What should I do?

If you have submitted the ‘Test Optional Form’ in Minerva by the deadline date, your scores will not be considered as part of your application. See " How will I notify McGill that I want to exclude my ACT and/or SAT and SAT Subject Test scores from the review of my Fall 2021 application?" above

I want to be considered for a McGill Entrance Scholarship and have chosen to have my standardized test scores excluded from the review of my application. How will my scholarship application be reviewed?

I would like to self-report my AP exam results. How can I do that?

You can enter your AP exam results on your application for admission, in the section ‘Tests Taken’.

If I am completing the IB Diploma, can I be reviewed without submitting the test optional form?

An applicant applying from within the US and taking the IB Diploma concurrently with the US high school diploma, would first be considered as a US high school applicant (and must decide whether to be test-optional at the time of application and submit the necessary documents). If the applicant is not admissible on the basis of a US high school diploma, they would then be reviewed for admission on IB requirements and predicted scores will then be requested.

 

Self-Reporting Grades

Will I be required to self-report my grades?

Yes, new for Fall 2021, if you are completing a U.S. high school diploma at a high school located in the U.S.A., you will be required to self-report your grades. Please see mcgill.ca/undergraduate-admissions/apply/self-reporting-usa for more information.

Will I be able to self-report grades of ‘Pass’, ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Credit’?


If you have received a grade of ‘Pass’, ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Credit’ grade notation as a result of the impact of COVID-19, you will have the option of choosing these notations on the self-reporting form.

 

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