National College Match: Test Requirements

The information below is for 2016-2017. Please check back in August 2017 for updated information.

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, 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 most recent 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 and 2 Subject Tests; or
  • ACT 

Applicants who take the new, redesigned SAT are not required to take the optional writing section.

For applicants taking the ACT Brown strongly encourages but does not require the written component.

Caltech

Must take one of the following combinations:

  • SAT with Writing/Essay section 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

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

**TOEFL is required if English is not the native language or if the student has not studied for at least two years at a high school where English is the language of instruction.

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 Plus 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 Must take one of the following three options:
  • SAT. Candidates planning to submit the redesigned SAT are encouraged to take the SAT with the optional writing component.
  • ACT. Candidates planning to submit ACT results are encouraged to take the ACT with the optional writing test component.
  • Three SAT Subject Tests in different subject areas of the applicant's choice.

If you take the same test more than once, send all your score reports so your results may be superscored.

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.

Dartmouth College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing); or
  • ACT Plus Writing 

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

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

Davidson College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT (recommended that students take it with Writing)

**While it is not an application requirement, Davidson recommends applicants submit two SAT Subject Test scores (mathematics and 1 test area of your choosing).

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

Duke University

Must complete one of the following:

  • The test of the ACT, including the writing exam; OR
  • The College Board SAT, with two Subject Tests strongly recommended.
Students who submit the new SAT will also be required to submit the essay component.

Applicants to the Pratt School of Engineering who take the SAT are strongly recommended to take one SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2) and an additional subject test of their choice.

Applicants to the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences who take the SAT may take any two SAT Subject Tests. 
Emory University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
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 (recommended with Writing or the ESsay Section); or
  • ACT (recommended with Writing); or
  • Threee 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 

The optional writing section for both tests is not required and will not be considered in the evaluation process.  SAT Subject Tests are not required.

Macalester College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; 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.

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

Students should submit results from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT.  The writing section on both is optional, but recommended.  SAT Subject Tests are no longer required, but may be sent as part of a complete testing profile.

If homeschooled, SAT Reasoning Test or ACT results must be submitted iwth scores from four SAT Subject Tests or a combination of four Subject Tests and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Higher Level examination results in a variety of fields.

Princeton University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • old SAT;
  • new SAT with Writing; or
  • ACT Plus 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, they recommend that you take mathematics (Level I or II) and either physics or chemistry.

Rice University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • the Old SAT (Reading, Math, and Writing) and 2 SAT Subject Tests in fields related to your proposed area of study; or
  • the new, redesigned SAT (Reading/Writing/Language and Math - SAT Essay is optional) and 2 SAT Subject Tests in fields related to your proposed area of study; or
  • the ACT (Writing is optional)
Scripps College Must take one of the following:
  • SAT; or
  • ACT Plus Writing
Stanford University Must take one of the following:
  • SAT with Essay; 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:

  • 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 2017. 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 and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT

You do not need the writing section on either test.

**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.

**For applicants to the SMFA at Tufts' BFA program Subject Tests are not required.

**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)

If you take the same test more than once, send all your score reports so your results may be superscored.

SAT Subject Tests are 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

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 will accept scores from both the old SAT and the new SAT. No preference is given to the SAT or the ACT. Penn does not require the writing portion of the ACT or the essay portion of the new SAT.

**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. 
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.

**If homeschooled, must take 3 additional SAT Subject Tests, including one in Mathematics.

**An English language proficiency exam is required of International students who are non-native English speakers and score lower than 600 on the SAT Critical Reading 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 completely optional and 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 2016), above a 33 on the new SAT Reading Test (administered March 2016 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. 

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. 
Wellesley College Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT (optional-essay section not required) and 2 SAT Subject Tests; 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 combinations:
  • SAT (without optional essay); or
  • ACT (without writing)
Yale University Must take one of the following combinations:
  • SAT (Critial Reading, Math and Writing); or
  • ACT Plus Writing

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

**All SAT or all ACT tests taken must be reported.