National College Match: Test Requirements

Standardized tests are an important part of your National College Match application. The results of your standardized tests are required in your application.

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.

Usually 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 College Match, tests must be taken by October. 

Below are the 2018 test requirements of all our college partners:

CollegeRequirements

Amherst College

Must take one of the following:

  • SAT (recommended with Writing/Essay section)
  • ACT (recommended with Writing)

Amherst does not require SAT Subject Tests.

Bowdoin College

No standardized tests required; SAT and ACT are optional. Read more >>

Brown University

Must take one of the following:

  • SAT (essay section optional); or
  • ACT (writing section optional)

Brown recommends, but does not require, the submission of two SAT subject tests of your choice.

Caltech

Must take all of the following:

  • SAT or ACT

  • SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

  • One SAT Subject Science Test out of the following: Biology (Ecological), Biology (Molecular), Chemistry, or Physics

You must take all required tests in or before October to be eligible. Caltech will not accept any November testing for the College Match.

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

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

Claremont McKenna College

Must take one of the following:

  • SAT with the optional essay; or
  • ACT with Writing

CMC does not require that you take the SAT Subject Tests. Homeschooled students, however, are required to submit scores from 2 exams. One of the scores submitted must be from a Math Subject Test.

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

Colorado College's flexible testing policy is at https://www.coloradocollege.edu/admission/application/testing/

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

The writing section is optional for both the SAT and ACT.

SAT Subject Test scores are not required.

Dartmouth College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT (without optional essay); or
  • ACT (without writing)

SAT Subject Tests are recommended, not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be disadvantaged in the application process.

**If English is your first language or the primary language of instruction at your current secondary or post-secondary school, you will not be required to submit scores from the TOEFL exam.

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

For students submitting the SAT or ACT, the writing portion will not be considered as part of application review.

The TOEFL or IELTS is required for any applicant whose first language is not English.

Duke University

Must complete one of the following:

  • ACT, writing exam optional; OR
  • SAT, with essay component optional and two Subject Tests strongly recommended
Emory University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT 

The essay/writing section of the SAT and ACT are optional. SAT II Subject exams are not required, but students are welcome to submit them with their application.

Grinnell College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT (Writing not required)

Grinnell does not require any other scores (SAT Subject Tests or AP score results). 

Hamilton College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT; or
  • Three individual exams of your choice, selected from SAT sections (including Essay test from redesigned SAT), SAT Subject tests, ACT Writing, AP scores or IB final exams. 

Hamilton does not require the optional essay for either the SAT or the ACT. Learn more about Hamilton's Flexible Testing Policy to decide your test plan. 

Haverford College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT 
Macalester College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT (optional essay section of the redesigned SAT not required); or
  • ACT 
Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests including 1 math and 1 science test; or
  • ACT and 2 SAT Subject Tests including 1 math and 1 science test

Non-native English speakers may replace the TOEFL for the SAT or ACT Plus Writing.

The last test dates MIT will accept scores for the National College Match are the October SAT and ACT administrations. Any later tests will not be received in time for the College Match.

Northwestern University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT (Writing not required)
SAT Subject Tests are optional for most undergraduate applicants. Learn more >>
Oberlin College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT
Optional essay sections are not required.
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:
  • new (or old) SAT; or
  • ACT with Writing

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.

The SAT October testing date and the ACT September date are the latest dates for consideration in the College Match process.

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

Corresponding writing tests are optional. Rice recommends two SAT Subject Tests related to your proposed area of study. Applicants who do not take the SAT Subject Tests will not be disadvantaged in the review process.

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

International students for whom English is not their first language must also submit either the TOEFL or IELTS.

Stanford University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT or
  • ACT

Writing is no longer required for either the SAT or ACT. SAT Subject Tests are optional.

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:

  • SAT; or
  • ACT

Swarthmore does not require the optional Essay section of the SAT or the optional Writing section of the ACT. If submitted, scores from those sections will not be considered in the application review. 

Scores from the old and new SAT will be accepted for students applying to enter in the Fall of 2019. Equal consideration will be given to scores from either version of the test. 

Prospective engineers are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 SAT Subject Test. Read more about Swarthmore's testing policy.

Tufts University One of the following test combinations is required for admission:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT

Tufts does not require the Writing/Essay sections of the SAT or ACT, nor SAT Subject Tests.

TOEFL is required for any student attending an overseas school where the language of instruction is not English.

University of Chicago UChicago offers students the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores.
University of Notre Dame Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT

Optional essay section for the redesigned SAT and Writing section for the ACT not required.

SAT Subject Test scores and/or AP Exam scores are NOT required when applying to Notre Dame.

Applicants enrolled in a home school curriculum are encouraged to submit SAT Subject Test scores, particularly in the areas of history, foreign language, and science. 

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

Penn does not require the writing portion of the ACT or the essay portion of the new SAT. No preference is given to the SAT or the ACT.

SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process.

Applicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the Wharton School are encouraged to take a Mathematics SAT Subject Test. Applicants interested in science-related fields (including engineering or nursing) are encouraged to take a science SAT Subject Test (preferably Physics for engineering, Chemistry for nursing). 

Students whose native language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foregin Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Servie. Results should be forwarded directly by the testing agency to the Office of Admissions. 

University of Southern California Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT

Optional essay section for the redesigned SAT and Writing section for the ACT not required.

Applicants enrolled in a home school curriculum must take 3 additional SAT Subject Tests, including 1 in Mathematics.

An English language proficiency exam is required of International students who are non-native English speakers and score lower than 650 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Exam or 27 on the ACT English sections. You may submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. 

University of Virginia

Must take one of the following:

  • SAT; or
  • ACT
SAT II Subject Tests are not required. The TOEFL is recommended for any student who is not a native English speaker. 
Vanderbilt University

Must take one of the following:

  • SAT; or
  • ACT

The writing sections of the SAT and ACT are optional.

International Students: TOEFL or IELTS is required for non-native English speakers. This requirement will be waived if a student has scored above a 600 on the Old SAT Critical Reading (administered prior to March 2018), above a 33 on the new SAT Reading Test (administered March 2018 and later), above a 26 on the ACT English section, or has had at least two years of schooling in the English language.

SAT II Subject Tests, Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams are not required. If official scores are sent to Vanderbilt, they may be considered during the application review process.

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 One of the following combinations:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT

TOEFL is recommended for non-native English speakers who have not spent at least two years in an English-language secondary school. 

Washington University in St. Louis Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT (Writing not required)

SAT Subject Tests are not required.

Wellesley College Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT (optional-essay section not required); or
  • ACT Plus Writing
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, SAT Subject Test Results, 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 Must take one of the following:
  • SAT (without optional essay); or
  • ACT (without writing)

The last possible test dates for consideration in the National College Match are September (ACT) or October (SAT).

Yale University

Must take one of the following:

  • SAT; or
  • ACT

The SAT Essay and ACT Writing sections are optional, but applicants who opt to complete the Essay or Writing section should self-report their Essay or Writing subscore on the application.

SAT Subject Tests are recommended, not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be disadvantaged in the application process. Yale does not participate in score choice for the SAT, but does participate in score choice for Subject Tests.

The last possible test dates for consideration in the National College match are September (ACT) or October (SAT).

TOEFL is recommended for non-native English speakers who have not spent at least two years in an English-language secondary school.