The University of Rhode Island is suspending the need for standardized test scores in the admissions process for the upcoming academic year. The announcement comes as URI, and schools across the country, are now making decisions about how to reopen campuses in the fall, and the possibility that students may choose to take time off, or otherwise wait on attending until they feel safe returning.

In a statement, the head of admissions said the decision was made to reduce anxiety among applicants during this stressful time.

This spring, the College Board, the organization that administers the SATs was forced to cancel the May test due to the COVID pandemic. After Rhode Island's K-12 public schools closed in March, the state education department received a federal waiver to cancel in-school standardized tests, including the SATs and the RICAs.