This fall, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School leadership agreed to temporarily waive standardized testing requirements for admissions for Spring 2021, beginning at LBC | Capital’s Lancaster campus for traditional undergraduate students, as well as for Fall 2021.
Admissions Director Jared Yoder said the decision was based upon the fact that some high school students may have difficulty scheduling SATs, ACTs or CLTs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the CLT has moved to remote testing that can be completed from a student’s home, opportunities to take the SAT and ACT in person have been limited.
“We realize this is a unique year and many things have been impacted, including the accessibility of standardized testing,” Yoder said. “We’re passionate about integrating a biblical worldview into all our curriculum here at LBC | Capital, and in light of that, we don’t want the normal standardized testing requirement to be the sole obstacle for any student who feels called to study God’s Word.”
Yoder also noted that many other colleges across the country have waived their standardized testing requirement as part of their admissions criteria for incoming students.
At LBC | Capital, the action will be temporary, with the SAT/ACT/CLT requirement waived only for applicants within the current academic cycle (Spring 2021 and Fall 2021). Furthermore, any applicant who does not submit SAT/ACT/CLT scores will not be eligible for an academic scholarship through LBC | Capital. Students who are accepted to LBC without scores may take one of the three standardized tests in order to be considered for an academic scholarship. Additionally, standardized tests are advantageous for some students looking to enter certain fields, such as education, where SAT/ACT scores may be used to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements.