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Frequently Asked Questions - Standardized Testing
You must report the scores of all of the SATs and SAT Subject Tests or all of the ACTs and ACT Writing Tests that you’ve taken. If you choose to fulfill the requirement with SAT scores, then it’s not necessary to send any scores from the ACT, even if you’ve taken the ACT. If you choose to fulfill the requirement using the ACT, then you don’t need to send us any SAT scores unless you wish to do so. Whichever type of test you choose, you must report all your scores from every time you’ve taken that type of test. And if you choose to use a combination of SAT and ACT test results, you must report all scores from both agencies.
To report SAT scores, please ask the College Board to send your official SAT and SAT Subject Test results directly to Yale.
To report ACT results, please ask ACT to send official results from at least one test directly to Yale, and self-report all your other available ACT results when you file your Yale Supplement to the Common Application. (See below for the reasons ACT reporting differs from SAT reporting.)
If you receive SAT or SAT Subject Test results after you submit your application, contact the College Board and request that they send an updated report of all your SAT test scores to Yale. If you receive ACT results after you submit your application, you may provide an update by having an official report sent to Yale from ACT, by asking your counselor to include the new test results on your midyear report, or by sending an unofficial score report to us by mail or fax. The fax number is (203) 777-6120.
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 individual SAT Subject Tests, and/or the highest ACT Plus Writing composite score.
We have taken this approach because there is a difference between the reporting cost of SAT and ACT results. The College Board will send a cumulative record of all SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject tests for one fee. For a similar fee, the ACT will send results for only one test date. Because we do not want students reporting ACTs to incur excessive costs, we require them to send one official ACT score report and permit them to self-report all other ACT results. We will confirm self-reported test results if we feel it to be necessary.
If I have taken the SAT and at least two SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT with Writing, must I report all scores from both testing agencies? Can I send only the SAT test scores or only the ACT test scores provided that I fulfill Yale's testing requirement?
Yes. As long as you provide a complete set of score reports from one testing agency (either the College Board or ACT, Inc.), you are not required to report scores from both. You can choose to report either all of your SAT results (both SAT and SAT Subject Tests) or all of your ACT results. If you want us to have any scores from both the College Board and ACT, Inc., you must report all scores from both testing agencies.
How should I complete the online Common Application ‘Tests’ section if some of the colleges to which I’m applying allow me to withhold some of my scores and others, such as Yale, do not?
Follow the instructions in the testing section of the Common Application, which asks you to report some, but not all, of your scores. Then, list any additional test scores you have received on the Yale Supplement.
No. You may self-report AP scores in the spaces provided on the Common Application or on the Yale Supplement. Only students who ultimately enroll at Yale and choose to apply for acceleration credit will need to submit an official score report.
Does Yale award credit based on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or other external examination results?
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.
Once I’ve been admitted and have chosen to matriculate at Yale, do I still have to take Advanced Placement tests (AP) at the end of my senior year?
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.