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Testing and Score Choice

Standardized Test Requirements

All students applying for the Fall 2016 term must submit either the SAT or the ACT with Writing. Students who will be applying for Fall 2017 can chose to submit results from the current SAT, the redesigned SAT, or the ACT. The SAT Essay and ACT Writing sections will not be required for those applying for the Fall 2017 term. SAT Subject Tests are optional. The last recommended test dates for Early Action applicants are the October dates. The last recommended test dates for Regular Decision applicants are the December dates.

Students whose first language is not English or who have attended an English-speaking school for fewer than two years are required to provide evidence of their English proficiency by submitting the results of the TOEFL or the IELTS.

Our ETS code is 5820. Our ACT code is 4412.

We have been informed by the ACT that score reports from the September 2015 administration will be ready by November 6th. Early Action applicants do not need to send screen shots of scores. The timing of the official score reports will not have an adverse affect on applicants.

Super Scoring and Score Choice

It has been the Office of Admission’s long-standing policy to consider the best test scores submitted by applicants. When reviewing SAT scores, we use the top score from each section across all administrations of the same exam. Scores from the current SAT and the redesigned SAT will not be combined. For the ACT, we look at the best composite score and the best subscores, regardless of whether those subscores are from the administration where the best composite was earned.

We hope you will submit all of your scores knowing that we will recombine the sections to get the best possible set of scores.


More information about the timing of test score reporting and about how we look at section scores, including a discussion of the term "super scoring" can be found on Dean J's blog.