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What tests do I have to take?

Please visit our Tests & scores page for more complete details.

All applicants must meet the same testing requirements. You may not substitute other exams (such as IB, A Levels, IELTS, etc.) for the testing requirements. Students from countries where the SAT and ACT are not available to all students will be considered without a full set of required test scores on a case-by-case basis.

EA applicants may take tests through November 30, but MIT must be listed as a score recipient of the November exam.

RA applicants may take tests through December 31. We will also accept TOEFL scores for RA applicants through the January test dates.

For all applicants:

We require the SAT or the ACT. We do not require the ACT writing section or the SAT optional essay.

For non-native English speakers:

For non-native English speakers, we strongly recommend taking the TOEFL if you have been using English for less than 5 years or do not speak English at home or in school, so that we may consider that alongside the SAT or the ACT.

MIT’s code for SAT and TOEFL is 3514
MIT’s code for ACT is 1858​

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