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COVID-19

Learn more about how MIT Admissions is responding to COVID-19 in this blog post from our Dean and new dedicated FAQs.

First-year applicants: Tests & scores

COVID-19 updates

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our office will be suspending our usual SAT/ACT testing requirement for the coming application cycle.01 This means both prospective first-year and transfer students who aspire to enter MIT in 2021. You can learn more about this decision here.

Updated requirements

  • We will not require either the SAT or the ACT from first-year or transfer applicants applying this cycle. We expect this to be a one-year suspension of our usual requirements, but will continue to monitor the public health situation closely.  
  • Students who have already taken the SAT/ACT are encouraged to report their scores with the understanding that they help us more accurately evaluate their preparedness for MIT, and with the knowledge that tests are only one factor among many in that process. 
    • Please note: Going forward, we will no longer be requiring applicants to officially send their SAT, ACT, or English proficiency test scores as part of their application. Instead, they will be able to self-report their scores on the application, and we will verify these scores upon enrollment. There will be an opportunity to update us with any test results that become available after an application is submitted.
  • Students who have not already taken the SAT/ACT are discouraged from doing so if they cannot do so safely, and/or are under such strain that they cannot perform to a degree commensurate with their actual preparation.
  • Students who do not submit SAT/ACT scores will not have any negative inferences be drawn from their absence. Instead, we will make the best, most informed decision we can by assessing other academic aspects of their application like grades, curriculum, and other examinations02 However, as </span><a href="https://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/a-special-announcement-about-sat-subject-tests/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">announced</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> earlier this year, we will </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">not</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> consider the SAT Subject Tests.

The guidance above is for the 2020–21 application cycle only. To see our usual testing requirements, click here.

For non-native English speakers

For non-native English speakers, we strongly recommend providing the results of an English proficiency exam if you have been using English for fewer than 5 years or do not speak English at home or in school, so that we may consider that information alongside the rest of your application. We accept the following English proficiency exams:

Competitive scores

We do not have cut off or recommended scores for the ACT or SAT as scores are evaluated within an applicant’s context. To view test score statistics from the most recent admissions year, visit our admissions statistics page.

We do have minimum and recommended scores for our English language tests. These minimums are in place to ensure your level of English proficiency. Because English is the language of instruction at MIT, all students must show that they will thrive in our community.

TOEFL Minimum: 90 Recommended: 100
IELTS Minimum: 7 Recommended: 7.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Minimum: 65 Recommended: 70
Cambridge English Qualifications (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency) Minimum: 185 Recommended: 190
Duolingo English Test (DET) Minimum: 120 Recommended: 125

Self-reported scores

Going forward, we will no longer be requiring applicants to officially send their SAT, ACT, or English proficiency test scores as part of their application. Instead, they will be able to self-report their scores on the application, and we will verify these scores upon enrollment. There will be an opportunity to update us with any test results that become available after an application is submitted. We accept test results from any test taken before November 30 for Early Action applicants, and any test taken before December 31 for Regular Action applicants. We will also accept English language proficiency test scores for RA applicants through the January test dates.

  1. This means both prospective first-year and transfer students who aspire to enter MIT in 2021. back to text
  2. However, as announced earlier this year, we will not consider the SAT Subject Tests. back to text