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Exemptions from testing requirements

  • Applicants who have been out of high school for more than three years, or who have earned at least 24 transferable college credits, are exempted from the SAT requirement.
  • You may claim an exemption from the SAT/ACT requirement if you have a learning disability.

Federal nondiscrimination statutes place strict limits on the ability of schools and universities to seek information regarding an applicant’s disability prior to admission, and allow such inquiries only for the purpose of addressing past discrimination or a voluntary action to overcome the effects of conditions that resulted in limited participation {34 CFR 104.42 (d)}. You should address your request for exemption from testing to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Re: Eligibility for CAS (Center for Access and Success)
UMass Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

Visit the Center for Access & Success to view documentation guidelines for eligibility.
Telephone: 508.999.8711.

Please be advised that:

  1. providing this information is voluntary;
  2. any information received will be completely confidential;
  3. a refusal to furnish such information will not subject the applicant to any adverse treatment; and
  4. the information will be used only in accordance with federal and state law.

At a minimum, you should send documentation of a diagnosis of a learning disability. To ensure that the information accurately reflects your ability to succeed at the university, we suggest that you voluntarily submit additional information to the Center for Access and Success. This information will be used solely to determine the university’s ability to meet your special needs. All information will be kept confidential.


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