Test-optional schools are colleges that don’t require standardized test scores to get in to any of their programs. These schools look for more than just good grades from high school students. Ann McDermott, director of admissions at test-optional College of the Holy Cross, explains what she and her staff want to see in applicants. Prospective students need to show that they took challenging courses in high school, she says. Applicants also need to demonstrate that they are passionate about, and engaged in, activities outside the classroom. That means extracurricular activities and participation in their community.