National College Match: Test Requirements

This page will be updated by late summer 2020.

We encourage Finalists to enter any available test scores in the QuestBridge National College Match application. Students who do not have standardized test scores can still be selected as Finalists if the rest of their application is strong; however, they should ensure they meet the standardized testing requirements for each college partner they're interested in.

Submitting your scores

All applicants should submit unofficial test score reports to your QuestBridge application. Either the applicant or the school counselor can upload these documents.

If you are selected as a Finalist, check the school application requirements to see if you must request that the College Board and/or the ACT send official score reports to the colleges you are ranking, or to the college partners you are applying to for Regular Decision. If you are applying to any schools that are test optional, you will be able to submit a request directly to the school to indicate whether or not you would like to have your test scores reviewed.

Typically the August or September test dates in your senior year are the LATEST dates in which QuestBridge can receive test scores to evaluate you for the National College Match. Finalists may submit scores taken from later fall dates directly to the college for consideration. In order to be considered by colleges for the Match, tests must be taken by October at the latest. Check the application requirements page to make sure last test dates are not earlier for the schools you are interested in.

For students who are non-native English speakers please see the application requirements page for each college partner for details on additional required testing such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Below are the 2019 test requirements of all our college partners:

 

CollegeRequirements

Amherst College

For the class of 2021, Amherst has suspended its testing requirement. Therefore for all students in the class of 2021, it is optional for a student to submit either the SAT or the ACT. 

Boston College  BC has adopted a test-optional policy for first year applicants during the 2020-2021 admission cycle. 

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin is a test optional college. Read more about Bowdoin's Test Optional Policy to decide your test plan.

Brown University

Brown is test-optional for the 2020-21 application cycle. If this describes your situation, please know that your application will not be disadvantaged in the admission process, and will receive full consideration by Brown's admission committee. 

If you do have scores you would like to share, you may request official scores from the College Board and/or ACT. Do NOT use the rush reporting service.

Caltech

Caltech has implemented a 2-Year Moratorium on requirement and consideration of SAT and/or ACT test scores. The Caltech Undergraduate Admissions Office will not be accepting or reviewing any standardized test submitted. 

Carleton College Carleton is adopting a test-optional policy for first-year applicants applying for admission for entry in Fall 2021. This one-year policy means results of the SAT or the ACT are not required, but you may still submit them. 

Claremont McKenna College

CMC offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about CMC’s test-optional policy. 

Colby College

As a test optional institution, you may choose whether or not to submit your test scores with your application to Colby.

Colgate University  Colgate University will offer students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores for Fall 2021 applicants. Learn more about Colgate’s test-optional policy.
Colorado College

Colorado College is a test-optional college. Please review CC's test-optional policy to determine your test plan.

Columbia University For 2020, Columbia offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Columbia’s test-optional policy.
Dartmouth College Dartmouth offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Dartmouth’s test-optional policy.
Davidson College Davidson is test-optional for the SAT or the ACT. Learn more about Davidson’s test-optional policy.

Duke University

Duke University is adopting a test-optional policy for students applying for admission to the first-year undergraduate class in the 2020-21 admissions cycle. If you choose to submit scores report one of the following:

  • ACT, writing exam optional; OR
  • SAT, with essay component optional and two Subject Tests strongly recommended
Emory University Emory University is test optional, meaning students can apply without submitting their SAT or ACT score(s) in the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more about Emory’s test-optional policy.
Grinnell College Grinnell is test-optional for students applying for admission in 2020-2021. Learn more about Grinnell's test-optional policy.  
Hamilton College Hamilton offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Hamilton’s test-optional policy
Haverford College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT 
Macalester College Macalester recently adopted a permanent Test-Optional admissions policy, starting with the Fall 2021 first-year class. This includes ACT, SAT, SAT II, AP, and IB. There will be no penalty for students who choose not to submit test scores in the selection process.
Massachusetts
Institute of Technology

MIT will not require either the SAT or the ACT from first-year applicants applying this cycle. MIT expects this to be a one-year suspension of their usual requirements, but will continue to monitor the public health situation closely.

Northwestern University Northwestern offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Northwestern’s test-optional policy.
Oberlin College  Oberlin College has moved to a test-optional model starting with the 2020-2021 admissions cycle and continuing as a pilot program through the 2022-2023 application year. 
Pomona College

Must take one of the following:

  • SAT; or
  • ACT

The writing section on both is optional. SAT Subject Tests are no longer required, but may be sent as part of a complete testing profile.

In addition to the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT, home-schooled students are encouraged, although not required, to submit results of at least two SAT Subject or Advanced Placement exams.

Princeton University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT

Princeton recommends, but does not require, official scores for two SAT Subject Tests. Princeton has no preference for the specific SAT Subject Tests applicants might choose to take. However, if you apply for the B.S.E. (Engineering) degree, it is recommended that you take Mathematics (Level I or II) and either Physics or Chemistry.

Rice University

Rice will allow first-year applicants to undergraduate, degree-seeking programs for the 2020-2021 application cycle to submit SAT or ACT test scores, if they choose. Students who are unable to submit tests, or prefer not to submit test scores, will be given full consideration in the admission selection process.

Learn more about Rice's 2020-2021 testing policy

Scripps College Scripps offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Scripps’ test-optional policy.
Stanford University For the 2020-21 application period, Stanford will review applications with or without test scores, leaving the decision in the hands of the applicant. Visit Stanford's Standardized Testing page for more information.
Swarthmore College

Swarthmore offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Swarthmore’s test-optional policy

Tufts University Tufts University offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Tufts’ test-optional policy.
University of Chicago UChicago offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores.
University of Notre Dame For the 2020-2021 application cycle, Notre Dame offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Notre Dame’s test-optional pilot program. 
University of Pennsylvania Penn offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Penn's test-optional policy
University of Southern California For the 2020-2021 application cycle, USC offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about USC’s test-optional policy.
University of Virginia

Given the uncertain prospect of universally accessible, reliable and equitable SAT/ACT testing in the next admission year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Virginia will not require that applicants submit standardized testing to be considered for admission for at least the next application cycle.

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s test-optional policy.

Vassar College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or 
  • ACT 

Vassar does not require the optional essay for either the SAT or the ACT. 

SAT Subject Tests are not required, and students opting not to send Subject Tests will not be penalized. However SAT Subject Tests will be considedred if submitted as part of the testing profile. Subject Tests may enhance an applicant's credentials, particularly for applicants from non-traditional school backgrounds (homeschooled, non-graded schools, etc). 

Washington and Lee University W&L offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about W&L’s test-optional policy.
Washington University in St. Louis WashU offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about WashU’s one-year test optional policy. 
Wellesley College Submitting test scores for Fall 2021 applicants is optional. 
Wesleyan University Wesleyan is entirely test-optional and does not require the submission of standardized tests in the admissions process. You should submit the combination of test results you feel best represents your academic achievement and potential. This can range from a full set of SATs and SAT Subject Tests, an ACT, and AP exam scores, to a combination of results from different evaluations, or no test results at all. Learn more about Wesleyan's Test Optional Policy.
Williams College Williams offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. 
Yale University

Yale offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Yale’s test-optional policy.