Tests To Take
International students—or domestic students who do not speak English natively—have two options for testing. We have no preference between these options. It is your choice, and you should take the set of tests with which you feel the most comfortable (All November testing is allowed for EA consideration and December testing is allowed for RA consideration.):
- Option 1: The SAT or the ACT, as well as two SAT Subject Tests: one in math (level 1 or 2), and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m).
- Option 2: The TOEFL (we do not accept IELTS) as well as two SAT Subject Tests: one in math (level 1 or 2) and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). This option is especially recommended for students who do not speak English at home or in school, or who have been speaking English for fewer than five years.
Native English speakers must take either the SAT or the ACT; and two SAT Subject Tests: one in math (level 1 or 2), and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m).
All students must meet the testing requirements. You may not substitute other exams (such as IB, A-Levels, etc.) for the above testing requirements. Students from countries where the SAT and ACT are not offered for all students (such as Iran and the People's Republic of China) will be considered without a full set of required test scores on a case-by-case basis.
We have no minimum or recommended scores for the SAT, the ACT, or the SAT Subject Tests. You may wish to view testing statistics from the most recent admissions cycle here.
However, we do have minimum and recommended scores for the TOEFL. These minimums are in place to ensure your level of English proficiency. Because MIT offers no English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and English is the language of MIT, all students must show that they will thrive in our community.
For the TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT), the minimum composite score is a 90. We recommend scores of at least 23 for each section, and a composite score of at least 100. Similarly, for the TOEFL revised Paper-Delivered Test (rPDT), we recommend scores of at least 23 for each section. If you have taken the TOEFL Paper Based Test (PBT) prior to June 2017, the minimum composite score is a 577, with a recommended composite score of at least 600.
Your scores must be reported to us officially from the testing agency; scores you list on your application and scores appearing on your school transcript will not be considered official. We recommend you list MIT as a school to receive your scores when you take the test. If you take the November/December test, you must list MIT as a school to receive your scores or we will not receive your scores in time for our review. Our SAT and TOEFL code is 3514, and our ACT code is 1858.
It is important for all students—and very important for international students—to register for tests with the same name as you have indicated on your application and MyMIT account. Your record and test scores will not be linked to our system if the names do not match.