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Do I need to take any standardized tests?
Yes. All international applicants must submit official results of standardized tests. You have two testing options, and we have no preference which you choose. You may take either:
- Option 1: The SAT Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests of your choice
- Option 2: The ACT Plus Writing. (Note that because the ACT is less available outside of the U.S., the majority of international students submit SAT results.)
There are two exceptions to this testing requirement:
- Students whose home countries do not allow their citizens access to standardized testing centers – Afghanistan and China, for examples – are exempt from these testing requirements. These students must take either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE instead.
- Students who have completed A-level programs may use their results as a substitute for the SAT Subject Tests on a one-for-one basis, provided that the official test results arrive at Yale no later than February 2011. Eligible students must still take either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Plus Writing. You cannot use predicted A-level results as substitutions for the SAT Subject Tests.
Yale does not accept IB results, national exam results, or any other substitution for the required standardized tests.
For more information on how to take the tests and to find testing centers, you may find the following websites helpful:
- www.collegeboard.com: For information on the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests.
- www.act.org: For information on the ACT Plus Writing.
It is important for all students — but particularly important for international students — to register for tests with the same name that you use on your application. Our system will not link your record to your test scores if the names do not match.
Please keep in mind that there are no cut-off scores for any of these exams. Yale’s admission process is highly selective, but it is not primarily based on standardized test results. Scores are merely one part of the application.