How colleges use test scores in admissions


Individual campus policies and procedures can and do vary:

  • Some campuses require SAT or ACT from every student
  • Some recommend SAT Subject Tests, and can vary by major
  • A small minority of campuses require SAT Subject Tests
  • Some will use scores from the highest sitting or single test date
  • Some will "super-score" by adding up sub-scores within one test type
  • Some campuses have "test optional" or "test free" policies
  • Some use test scores to satisfy deficiencies in required courses and/or grades

Q:  How do I determine which tests are required, when they need to be taken by, and when/if to send official scores? 

A:  You do your research.  Colleges typically put this information on admission websites, but you can also phone admission offices to ask.