Jun 12, 2007
Testing requirements FAQ
Posted in: Process & Statistics
There are always many questions about our testing requirements. For those of you applying this year and for whom English is your primary language, here is the official statement about what we require:
SAT Reasoning Test ("SAT 1") or the ACT Plus Writing. In addition, we require two SAT Subject Tests ("SAT 2s"): one in math (Level 1 or Level 2) and one in science (Physics, Chemistry, or Biology E/M).
Since there are always even more questions, here is a quick FAQ to provide some more answers. I hope it is helpful to you.
Q. Do you prefer the SAT or the ACT?
A. We honestly have no preference. If you submit both, we will use whichever scores that make you look best.
Q. Which SAT Subject Tests should I take?
A. We do not have a preference. You should take the tests for which you're best prepared and best suited. If you have taken more than one test in a category, we will use the test which makes you look best.
Q. I am an international student or a student whose primary language isn't English. What are my testing options?
A. You have two options. You may do the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Plus Writing and 2 SAT Subject Tests as above, or you may choose the second option for non-native English speakers:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and two SAT Subject Tests, one in math (Level 1 or Level 2) and one in science (Physics, Chemistry, or Biology E/M).
Q. I am an international student, do I have to take the TOEFL?
A. No, we do not require the TOEFL for international students. However, you must submit one of the following: SAT Reasoning Test, ACT Plus Writing, or TOEFL, in addition to the required SAT Subject Tests.
Q. I am an international student. Should I take the TOEFL or the SAT?
A. You may take either or both. We will consider the TOEFL or SAT equally without preference. If you submit both, we will use the test that makes you look best.
Q. What score should I get on the TOEFL?
A. TOEFL is the one test for which we have minimum scores. They are: 577 (PBT), 233 (CBT) and 90 (iBT). You should aim to meet or exceed these target scores: 600 (PBT), 250 (CBT), 100 (iBT).
Q. By when must I take my exams?
A. If you are applying for Early Action, you must complete all of your tests by the November testing date (yes, these scores will reach us on time without rushing). If you are applying for Regular Action, complete your tests by the December testing date. We may accept January tests on a case-by-case basis.
Q. What are good scores?
A. There's no real answer to this question, though you can inform yourself with the information presented on the Admissions Statistics page.
I hope this is helpful!