A test-optional policy leaves the decision about whether to consider test scores up to the student. In other words, test-optional colleges do not require SAT/ACT scores. Instead, each applicant can decide whether or not the test results accurately represent their academic ability.
Prominent test-optional (or test-flexible) schools include Wake Forest, U Chicago, NYU, Brandeis, and George Washington University.
However, even at these schools, an application with a strong test score above that of the median applicant will stand a greater chance of success than an application submitted without a test score.