As you begin compiling the list of colleges to apply to, it can be hard to keep track of all the different testing requirements for each college.
Some schools require you to submit SAT or ACT scores; others do not. Some colleges require you to take additional SAT Subject tests, depending upon your major; some won’t even look at additional test scores! Plus, what do colleges mean when they say a test is required, recommended, or optional?
Luckily, MEK Review has you covered!
We’ve created a list of over 150 popular colleges and their admission testing requirements in 2019-2020!
Here are several key terms you’ll find in our list:
Refers to the Scholastic Aptitude Test created by College Board. Accepted by most universities to test college readiness. Over 2.1 million students took this test last year! The test consists of 2 Math sections, 1 Evidence Based Reading section, and 1 Writing Section, plus an optional essay that some colleges require prospective students to take, while some do not. The test is scored from a range of 400-1600.
The SAT’s twin competitor is another college readiness test that is also accepted by most universities. Last year, 1.9 million students took this exam. The test consists of 1 Math section, 1 Science section, 1 English section, and 1 Reading section, plus an optional essay that some colleges require students to take. The test is scored from a range of 1-36.
Refers to 20 additional standardized tests by College Board, each of which focus on a specific subject such as Science, Math, English, or Foreign Language. The test is scored in a range of 200-800. Historically, more elite colleges have required or recommended these tests to show a student’s proficiency in a particular area.
Here are the 20 subjects offered:
- Math Level 1
- Math Level 2
- Biology Ecological/Molecular
- U.S. History
- World History
- Spanish with Listening
- French with Listening
- Chinese with Listening
- German with Listening
- Modern Hebrew
- Japanese with Listening
- Korean with Listening
This test stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language and is designed to test the proficiency of non-English speaking people. It is scored within a range of 0-120.
Many universities require this test and a minimum score for international students. However, for some universities, the TOEFL is only one option of several that an international student can complete to demonstrate fluency in English.
If a school accepts the TOEFL, we listed the minimum score required. Some schools require the test but do not list a minimum score, some colleges only recommend it, and some do not accept it.
If you are not an international student, the TOEFL is not something you need to worry about.
Advanced Placement tests take place at the end of the year, when a student has completed an Advanced Placement course in high school. These tests verify what you have learned and whether you should earn college credit. The AP tests are also often used similarly to SAT Subject tests in that they show your skills and knowledge in a specific subject.
AP tests are scored within a range of 1-5. You must score a minimum of 3 to be considered “college ready” in this subject, although many colleges have even higher standards. In the list below, we only listed AP tests that are required or can be used instead of SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject tests.
If a test is listed as required, that means you MUST take the test and submit your scores for your application to be considered. On our list, the SAT and ACT are listed under one column because almost all schools will accept both, but only require one. Any exceptions are included in this list.
Your application won’t be thrown out if you don’t submit this particular test. However, admission officers REALLY want you to submit these scores, so you should more or less consider it required.
Admissions officers will factor into their admissions decision any test scores submitted by students, but students are not required to send these tests. In other words, if a test score is listed as “considered”, you only want to take this test and submit your scores if your score is high and can help your admission chances. Low scores could hurt your chances.
This means that the admissions officers do not care whether students submit scores or not. Many schools have made the SAT Subject test optional as a result of the financial constraints these tests have imposed on families. Some colleges will not even review your scores at all, if received.
Key Admissions Testing Trends
While reviewing the list, consider these interesting trends or patterns.
Less Required Standardized Tests
Over the past three years, there are many schools that have made tests optional. For instance, the University of Chicago and Wesleyan, two very competitive schools, are no longer requiring the submission of any tests. Wake Forest University even refers to standardized tests as “evil”!
SAT Subject Tests
Most schools no longer require or recommend the SAT Subject Tests. However, many of the Ivy Leagues or top 10 universities still recommend two SAT Subject tests. Only 1 school in the United States – Georgetown University – recommends 3 SAT Subject tests for all applicants.
Yet when reviewing the list, make note of special testing requirements listed under Other. Many schools offering 7- or 8-year Accelerated Medical Program or certain highly ranked Engineering or Pre-law programs require students to take specific Subject tests. One interesting requirement for Boston University’s Accelerated Medical Program is the submission of three Subject tests: Math, Chemistry and a Foreign Language Subject test!
Most of the colleges listed below are in the United States. However, we’ve also listed a few prominent international universities that have been popular among MEK Review students over the years – McGill in Canada, many United Kingdom schools and Les Roches in Switzerland.
It is interesting to note that universities, primarily in the U.K., do not think highly of U.S. standards in testing. Therefore, instead of the SAT/ACT, UK universities require SAT Subject tests and/or AP tests, with score requirements that are oftentimes beyond a typical U.S. student’s reach.
For instance, Cambridge University requires 5 AP tests with perfect scores of 5 on each test. Please note that Oxford University is in a category of its own and does not value any US standardized tests. Instead, students are asked to take the Oxford entrance examination at any British embassy or consulate.
Self-Reporting Test Scores
About half of the schools on this list now allow students to self-report their test scores on their application. If the student is accepted to one of these schools, he or she will be asked to have College Board or ACT submit the official scores to the admissions office for verification.
College Admission Test Requirements
|American University||Washington, D.C.||Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Amherst College||Amherst, Massachusetts||Required||Considered||minimum 100|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, Arizona||Required||Optional||minimum 80|
|Babson University||Wellesley, Massachusetts||Required||Optional||minimum 100|
|Bard College||Annandale-on-Hudson, New York||Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Bates College||Lewistown, Maine||Optional||Optional||Required|
|Barnard College||New York, New York||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||minimum 100|
|Bentley University||Waltham, Massachusetts||Required||Optional||minimum 90|
|Boston College||Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts||Required||Considered*||minimum 100||*Pure Science, Math, and Foreign Language highly desired|
|Boston University||Boston, Massachusetts||Required, Essay Optional||Optional||minimum 90||*Accelerated Medical Programs requires Math 2, Chemistry, and Foreign Language|
|Bowdoin College||Brunswick, Maine||Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Brandeis University||Waltham, Massachusetts||Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Brown University||Providence, Rhode Island||Required||2 Recommended*||minimum 100||*PLME program requires 2 SAT Subject test, and 1 must be Biology, Chemistry, or Physics|
|Bryn Mawr College||Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania||Optional for U.S. and Puerto Rico||Considered||minimum 100|
|Bucknell University||Lewisburg, Pennsylvania||Required||Recommended||minimum 100|
|California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, California||Required, Essay Optional||2 Required*||minimum 110||Biology, Chemistry or Physics AND Math 2|
|California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo||San Luis Obispo, California||Required||Useful for STEM majors||minimum 80|
|California Polytechnic Pomona||Pomona, California||Required||Optional||minimum 71|
|Cambridge University||Cambridge, ENGLAND||Required||Optional||minimum 110||5 AP test with scores of 5 required|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Required||Required*||minimum 102||*Science, Computer Science, and Engineering majors - Math 2 and 1 Science; Other Majors - Math 2 and 1 Other Subject|
|Case Western Reserve University||Cleveland, Ohio||Required, Essay Optional||Optional||minimum 90|
|CUNY Baruch||New York, New York||Required||Optional||minimum 80|
|CUNY Hunter||New York, New York||Required||Optional||Yes, no minimum|
|CUNY Macauley Honors||New York, New York||Required||Optional||Yes, no minimum|
|CUNY Queens||Flushing, New York||Required||Considered||Yes, no minimum|
|CUNY Sophie Davis||New York, New York||Required||Optional||International students not eligible|
|Claremont McKenna College||Claremont, California||Required, No Essay||Considered||minimum 100|
|Clark University||Worcester, Massachusetts||Optional||Optional||minimum 85|
|Colby College||Waterville, Maine||Required||2 Required*||Yes, no minimum|
|Colgate University||Hamilton, New York||Required||Optional||Yes, no minimum|
|Columbia University||New York, New York||Required||Considered||minimum 100|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, New York||Required||Required/Optional*||minimum 100||*Arts & Sciences: 2 SAT Subjects required; Engineering: SAT Subject optional|
|Dartmouth College||Hanover, New Hampshire||Required||2 Recommended||minimum 100|
|Drew University||Madison, New Jersey||Optional*||Considered||minimum 80||*SAT/ACT scores required for merit scholarships|
|Drexel University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Required, No Essay||2 Required*||minimum 100||*SAT Subject: 1 Math/Science; 1 Humanities (Not required for the ACT)|
|Duke University||Durham, North Carolina||Required||2 Required*||minimum 90||*English: Must take Math 2; any 2 SAT Subjects for all applicants sending SAT|
|Emory University||Atlanta, Georgia||Required||Recommended||minimum 95|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, Florida||Required, No Essay||Optional||minimum 80|
|Fordham University||New York, New York||Required||Considered||minimum 90|
|Franklin Olin College of Engineering||Needham, Massachusetts||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||Optional|
|George Mason University||Fairfax, Virginia||Required||Considered||minimum 80|
|George Washington University||Washington, D.C.||Optional*||Considered||minimum 90||*BA/MD applicants: SAT/ACT and SAT Subject in Math and Science Required|
|Georgetown University||Washington, D.C.||Reqired||3 recommended||minimum 100|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, Georgia||Required||Optional||minimum 90|
|Hamilton College||Clinton, New York||Required, Essay Optional||3 Required*||minimum 100||*or 3 Advanced Placement test required. SAT Subject or AP test must included 1 Math/Science and 1 English|
|Harvard University||Cambridge, Massachusetts||Required||2 Required||minimum 100||AP scores are optional|
|Harvey Mudd College||Claremont, California||Required, Essay Optional||2 Required*||minimum 100||*must take Math 2 and 1 other SAT Subject|
|College of the Holy Cross||Worcester, Massachusetts||Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Haverford College||Haverford, Pennsylvania||Required||Considered||minimum 100|
|Imperial College||London, ENGLAND||No||No||minimum 100||4 AP tests with scores of 5 required|
|Indiana University||Bloomington, Indiana||Required||Considered||minimum 79|
|Ithaca College||Ithaca, New York||Optional||Optional||minimum 80|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, Maryland||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||minimum 100|
|Johnson & Wales University||Providence, Rhode Island||Recommended||Considered||minimum 75|
|Julliard School of Music||New York, New York||No||No||Yes, no minimum|
|Lafayette College||Easton, Pennsylvania||Required||Recommended||minimum 95|
|Lehigh University||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||Required||Recommended||minimum 79|
|Les Roches||Bluche, SWITZERLAND||Optional||No||minimum 70|
|London School of Economics||London, ENGLAND||No||No||minimum 107||5 AP tests with scores of 5 rquired|
|Loyola University of Maryland||Baltimore, Maryland||Optional*||Optional||minimum 79||*in lieu of SAT/ACT, you can send 1 additional teacher's recommendation or 1 additional essay|
|Marist College||Poughkeepsie, New York||Optional*||Optional||minimum 79||*H.E.O.P. students must submit SAT/ACT|
|Maryland Institute College of Arts||Baltimore, Maryland||Required, ACT essay Recommended||Optional||minimum 80|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, Massachusetts||Required, Essay Optional||2 Required*||minimum 90||*1 Math and 1 Science required|
|McGill University||Montreal, CANADA||Required||2 Required||minimum 100|
|Middlebury College||Middlebury, Vermont||Required||3 subject test instead of the SAT/ACT*||minimum 109||*If student opts for 3 SAT Subject tests instead of SAT or ACT, they must take test in 3 distinct subjects|
|Mount Holyoke College||South Hadley, Massachusetts||Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Muhlenberg College||Allentown, Pennsylvania||Optional*||Optional||minimum 80||*SAT/ACT required for merit scholarships or honors programs|
|New York University||New York, New York||Required||3 subject test instead of the SAT/ACT*||minimum 100||*or 3 AP or IB tests|
|Northeastern University||Boston, Massachusetts||Required||Optional||minimum 79|
|University of Notre Dame||Notre Dame, Illinois||Required||Considered*||minimum 80||*Subject scores used in course level placement|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, Illinois||Required||Considered*||minimum 95||*HPME & ISP programs requires Math 2 and Chemistry|
|Oberlin College||Oberlin, Ohio||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||minimum 60|
|Occidental University||Los Angeles, California||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||minimum 100|
|Oxford University||Oxford, ENGLAND||No||No||minimum 110||Admission exam given at British Consulate, NY, NY|
|Pace University||New York, New York||Required||Optional||minimum 80|
|Parsons School of Design||New York, New York||Optional||Optional||minimum 92|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, Pennsylvania||Required||Optional||minimum 80|
|Pepperdine University||Malibu, California||Required, No Essay||Optional||minimum 80|
|Pitzer College||Claremont, California||Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Pomona College||Claremont, California||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||minimum 100|
|Pratt Institute||Brooklyn, New York||Required, Essay Optional||Required/Considered*||minimum 79||*Math 2 required for Architecture majors|
|Princeton University||Princeton, New Jersey||Required||2 Recommended||minimum 108|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, Indiana||Required||Optional||minimum 80|
|Reed College||Portland, Oregon||Required||Considered||minimum 110||AP scores considered|
|Rensselaer Institute of Technology||Troy, New York||Required, Essay Optional*||Required/Considered*||minimum 88||Accelerated Law & Medical require the SAT or ACT Essay, 1 SAT Math and 1 SAT Science subject test|
|Rice University||Houston, Texas||Required||2 Required*||minimum 100||*2 SAT Subjects that are related to area of study|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, New York||Required||Optional||minimum 79|
|Rowan University||Glassboro, New Jersey||Required||Optional||minimum 70|
|Rutgers University||New Brunswick, New Jersey||Required||Optional||minimum 79|
|St. John's University||Queens, New York||Optional*||Optional||minimum 79||*SAT/ACT required for scholarship applicants|
|Santa Clara University||Santa Clara, University||Required, Essay Optional||Optional||minimum 90|
|School of Visual Arts||New York, New York||Required||Optional||minimum 80|
|Scripps College||Claremont, California||Required||Optional||minimum 100|
|Seton Hall University||South Orange, New Jersey||Required||Optional||minimum 79|
|Skidmore College||Saratoga Springs, New York||Optional*||Required/Considered*||minimum 96||*SAT/ACT and SAT Subject required for Presidential Scholar applicants|
|Smith College||Northampton, Massachusetts||Optional*||Considered||minimum 90||*SAT/ACT required for all international students|
|Stanford University||Palo Alto, California||Required||Optional||Optional||AP scores recommended|
|SUNY Binghamton||Binghamton, New York||Required||Optional||minimum 90|
|SUNY Stony Brook||Stony Brook, New York||Required||Optional||minimum 90|
|Stevens Institute of Technology||Hoboken, New Jersey||Required||Required/Optional*||minimum 80||*Accelerated Medical Program requires Math and Biology/Chemistry|
|Swarthmore College||Swarthmore, Pennsylvania||Required||Required/Considered*||Recommended||*Engineering department requires Math 2|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, New York||Required, Essay Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Tufts University||Medford, Massachusetts||Required, Essay Optional||2 Required*||minimum 90||*Engineering and Sciences requires Math and Physics/Chemisty|
|Tulane University||New Orleans, Louisiana||Required, Essay Optional||Optional||minimum 80|
|The College of New Jersey||Ewing Township, New Jersey||*Required||Optional||minimum 80||*SAT/ACT optional for Art or Music applicants|
|Union College||Schenectady, New York||Required/Optional*||Required/Optional*||minimum 70||*Accelerated Medical requires SAT/ACT and SAT Math and Science. Law program requires SAT/ACT with essay|
|U.S. Air Force Academy||Colorado Springs, Colorado||Required||Optional||U.S. citizens only|
|U.S. Military Academy||West Point, New York||Required||Optional||U.S. citizens only|
|U.S. Naval Academy||Annapolis, Maryland||Required||Optional||U.S. citizens only|
|University College||London, ENGLAND||Required||2 Required*||minimum 109||*5 AP tests required or 3 AP tests and 2 Subject tests|
|University of Arizona||Tucson, Arizona||Required/Optional*||Optional||minimum 70||*SAT/ACT required for merit scholarships and Honors, Architecture, Nursing, and Engineering programs|
|University of California, Berkeley||Berkeley, California||Required||Recommended||minimum 90|
|University of California, Davis||Davis, California||Required with Essay||Considered||minimum 80|
|University of California, Irvine||Irvine, California||Required with Essay||Recommended||minimum 80|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Los Angeles, California||Required with Essay||Required/Considered*||minimum 87||*Engineering and Sciences requires SAT Math and Science|
|University of California, San Diego||San Diego, California||Required with Essay||2 Recommended*||minimum 83||Engineering and Sciences requires SAT Math 2 and Science related to major|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, California||Required with Essay||Required/Recommended*||minimum 83||*Engineering and Sciences requires SAT Math 2 and Science related to major|
|University of California, Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz, California||Required with Essay||Considered||minimum 80|
|University of Chicago||Chicago, Illinois||Optional||Considered||minimum 104|
|University of Connecticut||Storrs, Connecticut||Required||Optional||minimum 79|
|University of Delaware||Newark, Delaware||Required||Considered||minimum 104|
|University of Essex||Essex, ENGLAND||Required||No||N/A||3 AP tests with a 3+ score on 2 tests and a 4+ score on 1 test required|
|University of Exeter||Exeter, ENGLAND||ACT only required||Required*||N/A||3 AP tests with scores of 5 required or 3 SAT Subjects with a 700+ score|
|University of Illinois||Urbana Champaign, Illinois||Required||Considered||minimum 96|
|University of Maryland||College Park, Maryland||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||minimum 80|
|University of Massachusetts, Amherst||Amherst, Massachusetts||Required, Essay Optional||Optional||minimum 80|
|University of Massachusetts, Boston||Boston, Massachusetts||Optional/Considered*||Considered||minimum 80||*Nursing program requires SAT/ACT|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables, Florida||Required, No Essay||Optional||minimum 80|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, Michigan||Required||Considered||minimum 100|
|University of North Carolina||Chapel Hill, North Carolina||Required, Essay Optional||Recommended||minimum 100|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Required||2 Recommended/Considered*||minimum 100||*STEM and Nursing program requires SAT Chemistry. Engineering program requires SAT Math 2 and Physics. Business program requires SAT Math 2.|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Required||Optional||minimum 100|
|University of Richmond||Richmond, Virginia||Required||Optional||minimum 80|
|University of Rochester||Rochester, New York||Required||2 Subject test instead of SAT/ACT*||minimum 95||*or 2 AP tests|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, California||Required||Recommended||minimum 90|
|University of Texas||Austin, Texas||Required||Considered||minimum 79|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, Virginia||Required, No Essay||Optional||minimum 90|
|University of Warwick||Warwick, ENGLAND||No||Required*||N/A||*1 SAT Subject with 700+ score and 2 aP tests required or 3 AP tests with scores of 5 required|
|University of Washington||Seattle, Washington||Required||Optional||minimum 92|
|University of Wisconsin||Madison, Wisconsin||Required||Optional||minimum 95-105|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, Tennessee||Required||Considered||minimum 88|
|Vassar College||Poughkeepsie, New York||Required, Essay Optional||Recommended*||minimum 100||*SAT Subject in Foreign Language to fulfill proficiency requirement|
|Villanova University||Villanova, Pennsylvania||Requied||Optional||minimum 90|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute||Blacksburg, Virginia||Required||Considered||minimum 90|
|Wake Forest University||Winston Salem, North Carolina||Optional*||Optional*||minimum 100||*This university actually refers to standardized tests as evil.|
|Washington & Lee University||Lexington, Virginia||Required, No Essay||Considered||Recommended|
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, Missouri||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||minimum 90|
|Wellesley College||Wellesley, Massachusetts||Required, Essay Optional||Considered||minimum 100|
|Wesleyan University||Middletown, Connecticut||Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Wheaton College||Norton, Massachusetts||Optional||Optional||minimum 90|
|College of William & Mary||Williamsburg, Virginia||Required, Essay Optional||Optional||minimum 100|
|Williams College||Williamstown, Massachusetts||Required||Considered||Recommended|
|Worcester Institute of Technology||Worcester, Massachusetts||Optional||Optional||minimum 84|
|Yale University||New Haven, Connecticut||Required, Essay Optional||2 Recommended||minimum 100|
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