Frequently Asked Questions - Standardized Testing

You must report the scores of all of the SATs or all of the ACTs with writing that you have taken. If you choose to fulfill the testing requirement with SAT scores, it is not necessary to send any scores from the ACT, even if you have taken the ACT. If you choose to fulfill the requirement using the ACT, you do not need to send us any SAT scores unless you wish to do so. Whichever type of test you choose to send to Yale, you must report the scores from each time you have taken that type of test. If you choose to use a combination of SAT and ACT test results, you must report all scores from both testing agencies. The SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Because Yale participates in Score Choice for the Subject Tests, you may select which of those scores, if any, you would like to submit. The College Board will send to us in one report all scores you have requested.

To report your scores, please ask the College Board or the ACT to send your official test results directly to Yale.

If you receive new test results after you submit your application, contact the College Board or ACT and request that they send an updated report of any unsubmitted scores to Yale.

An applicant’s testing history provides useful contextual information to the admissions committee. With a full testing history, the committee is able to look at a student's highest officially reported score on each section of the SAT, the highest composite ACT with writing score, and/or the highest individual SAT Subject Tests.

As long as you provide a complete set of score reports from one testing agency (either the College Board or ACT), you are not required to report scores from both. You can choose to report either all of your SAT results or all of your ACT results. If you want us to have any scores from both the College Board and ACT, you must report all scores from both testing agencies. You may submit any Subject Tests you would like to. Subject Tests are recommended but not required.

Follow the instructions in the testing section of the Common Application, which asks you to report some, but not all, of your scores. Then, have the College Board and/or ACT send Yale a complete set of your official scores. In the Yale Questions linked to the Common Application you will find room to report tests other than those you have listed in the Common Application.

If you have taken part in external examinations such as the AMC, AIME, or academic Olympiads, please self-report your scores either in the Activities section of your Common Application or in the Additional Information section (found within the Writing section of the Common Application).

No. You may self-report AP or IB scores in the spaces provided on the Common Application. Only students who ultimately enroll at Yale and choose to apply for acceleration credit will need to submit an official score report.

Yale awards ‘acceleration credit’ to students for scores of 4 or 5 on most — but not all — of the AP exams; for scores of 6 or 7 on the Higher-level IB exams; and for A-level results of A or B. Acceleration credit may offer some students the option to graduate in fewer than eight terms. For further details see Yale College acceleration policies or the table of acceleration credit.

It is up to you and your high school whether you take the AP test. At Yale, AP credit can sometimes be used for placement purposes and/or for acceleration credit. Also, some high schools require students to take the AP exam to receive class credit.