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Shawon Jackson

"For years, I feared that I would be unable to attend the school of my dreams because of limited finances; however, all said fears quickly faded after I received an e-mail from QuestBridge. I am so very thankful that QuestBridge aims to provide gifted, low-income students with such extraordinary opportunities."

University Park, IL
2010 National College Match Recipient
Princeton University, Class of 2015


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Partner College Standardized Testing Requirements

 


 

Standardized tests are an important part of your National College Match application. The results of your standardized tests, including SAT, SAT Subject Test scores, and ACT scores are required in your online application.

Please note that each of our partner colleges has standardized testing requirements you must fulfill in order to be considered for admission to that school. Most of our partner colleges at minimum require the SAT or the ACT Plus Writing.

Submitting Test Score Reports 

Deadline What to submit/complete Who
QuestBridge September 26th deadline Upload unofficial copies of your test score reports to your QuestBridge application. Scores that appear on your transcript are also acceptable. Either the applicant or the applicant's school counselor may upload these documents. (The counselor can upload them through the Secondary School Report.) All applicants
November 1st Request that the College Board and/or ACT send official score reports to the colleges you ranked. (Should start requesting as soon as you are notified that you are a Finalist, or earlier.) Finalists who rank colleges
Regular Decision deadlines Request that the College Board and/or ACT send official score reports to the colleges you plan to apply to for Regular Decision. (No need to re-submit if you sent these scores for the College Match.) Any Regular Decision applicant

For instructions on submitting your official test scores to the colleges as well as school codes, please refer to the College Match Requirements for Finalists or Regular Decision Requirements page.

Please Read: Important Information Regarding the Timing of Test Scores

QuestBridge will accept any test scores that you receive prior to the National College Match application deadline. If you expect to receive scores after the deadline, please list your testing date(s) in the "Testing" section of the application, leaving the score fields blank. If you are selected as a Finalist and want to have your new test scores considered for the College Match by the colleges you have ranked, you should request that the College Board and/or ACT send your scores directly to those colleges. 

If you plan to rank a college for the College Match and cannot meet their testing requirements by the early November deadline, we recommend that before deciding whether to rank the school, you contact the individual colleges in question and ask whether they will review your application for the College Match without all of the required tests. For the majority of partner colleges, scores from October test administrations are the latest ones they will consider for the College Match.

 Review the partner college testing requirements in the table below:

Required Standardized Tests
College Requirements
Amherst College Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT (recommended that students take it with Writing)
Bowdoin College No standardized tests required; SAT and ACT are optional.
Read more about Bowdoin's Test Optional Policy.
Brown University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and any 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
California Institute of Technology Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT Test and 2 SAT Subject Tests including Math Level 2 and one of the following: Biology (Ecological), Biology (Molecular), Chemistry, or Physics; or
  • ACT Plus Writing and 2 SAT Subject Tests including Math Level 2 and one of the following: Biology (Ecological), Biology (Molecular), Chemistry, or Physics
**TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers who have not studied for at least two years in an English-speaking country.
Carleton College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
Colorado College

Colorado College has a Flexible Testing Policy.

Students must submit test results from one of the following options:

  • SAT; or
  • ACT; or
  • Three exams of the student's choice including at least one from Category A, one from Category B and one from Category C.  Category details.
Columbia University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**If applying for engineering, must take Math and either Physics, Ecological Biology, Molecular Biology, or Chemistry SAT Subject Tests.
Dartmouth College Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing and 2 SAT Subject Tests
**TOEFL or IELTS score is required for any applicant whose first language is not English. Learn more about Dartmouth's testing requirements.
Davidson College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT

**While it is not an application requirement, Davidson recommends applicants submit two SAT Subject Test scores (mathematics and one test area of your choosing). In addition, for students completing the ACT, Davidson recommends that it be taken with Writing.
**Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of fluency in English through writing samples and successful performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent directly to Davidson by the testing agency.

Emory University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
Grinnell College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT (Grinnell only considers the Critical Reading and Math scores when reviewing admission applications); or
  • ACT
Haverford College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing

Massachusetts
Institute of Technology

Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests including one math and one science test; or
  • ACT Plus Writing and 2 SAT Subject Tests including one math and one science test
**Non-native English speakers may substitute the TOEFL for the SAT or ACT Plus Writing.
Northwestern University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**SAT Subject Tests are required for certain applicants. Learn more.
Oberlin College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**If homeschooled, must take 2 additional SAT Subject Tests or ACT Plus Writing.
Pomona College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT
**If homeschooled, must take 2 additional SAT Subject Tests or AP Exams in a variety of areas.
Princeton University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing and 2 SAT Subject Tests
**TOEFL score is required if English is not your native language, and you are attending a secondary school where English has not been the language of instruction for three years.
Rice University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests in fields related to the student's proposed division of study; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
Scripps College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT
Stanford University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**SAT Subject Tests are recommended, NOT required.
**Non-native English speakers should submit TOEFL scores if the SAT Critical Reading or the ACT does not accurately reflect their English skill level.
Swarthmore College Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT with a score from either the ACT writing test or the SAT writing section.
**Prospective engineers, regardless of whether they opt for the SAT or ACT, are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 SAT Subject Test. 
Trinity College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT (Writing recommended); or
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests
**All international applicants must submit at least one of the following standardized tests: SAT, ACT, or any two SAT II subject tests (attested photocopies are acceptable, although we reserve the right to request official scores at a later date). Additionally, applicants who are non-native English speakers and who have not been schooled in an English-based curriculum for a minimum of three years are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS results. All testing must be completed by January of the year of entrance.  
Tufts University One of the following test combinations is required for admission:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing

**If you are applying to Arts & Sciences and planning to submit the SAT, you may submit whichever two SAT Subject Tests you like.
**If you are applying to the School of Engineering with the SAT, it is strongly recommended you submit either the Chemistry or Physics SAT Subject Tests, plus a math test.
**TOEFL is required for any student attending an overseas school where the language of instruction is not English.

University of Chicago Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT (Writing not required)
**TOEFL or IELTS is required for non-native English speakers who have not spent at least two years in an English-language school.
University of Notre Dame Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT
**SAT Subject Test scores and/or AP Exam scores are NOT required when applying to Notre Dame.
** We recommend that applicants who are enrolled in a home school curriculum submit SAT Subject Test scores. Tests in the areas of history, foreign language, and science can be particularly helpful as we review the student's application. Students may select which exam they wish to take within each subject area.
University of Pennsylvania Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**The ACT Plus Writing may be used in lieu of the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests. No preference is given to either test.
**Candidates to the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the Wharton School taking the SAT are encouraged to take a mathematics Subject Test. 
**Students interested in science-related fields who are taking the SAT, and especially applicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Nursing, are encouraged to take a science Subject Test.

Learn more
about Penn's testing requirements.
University of Southern California Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**If homeschooled, must take 3 additional SAT Subject Tests, including one in Mathematics.
**TOEFL is required of International students whose native language is not English, who also score lower than 600 on SAT Critical Reading, or 27 on ACT English.
University of Virginia Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**SAT Subject Tests are recommended.
**TOEFL is recommended for any student who is not a native English speaker.
Vanderbilt University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing

Vanderbilt will consider the highest section scores across all SAT test dates. Students should send scores from every SAT test date in which they receive a top score in at least one section: mathematics, critical reading, and writing. Only the highest section scores will be considered as part of the admissions review process. Each time SAT scores are submitted, the student's record is updated with the new high section scores. Vanderbilt strongly encourages students to submit scores each time they take the SAT.

**TOEFL or IELTS is required for non-native English speakers unless the student has earned an SAT Critical Reading score of 600 or better.

Learn more about Vanderbilt's testing requirementshere.

Vassar College Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
Washington and Lee University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**While it is not an application requirement, Washington and Lee recommends applicants submit two SAT Subject Test scores, provided they are from different subjects.
**TOEFL is recommended for any applicant whose first language is not English and who has not received at least two years of secondary education in an English-medium curriculum.
Wellesley College Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
Wesleyan University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
Williams College Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing and 2 SAT Subject Tests
Yale University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
**Please note that applicants for the College Match Program must take their tests during or before October to be eligible for consideration.
**TOEFL is recommended for any applicant whose first language is not English and who has not received at least two years of secondary education in an English-medium curriculum.




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