Standardized Testing

What test results should I report to Yale?

For first-year and transfer applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle: report any or no ACT or SAT scores as you wish. Applicants who are unable to complete the ACT or SAT or who choose not to report exam scores will not be disadvantaged. Applicants who include scores may choose to report scores from one exam date or multiple exam dates, but they must include a complete set of subscores - e.g. Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing for the SAT; English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science for the ACT. Do not report SAT Subject Test scores, as they will not be considered. 
For first-year and transfer applicants applying to begin in fall 2022 or later: self-report results from all SATs or ACTs taken while in high school on the application and/or on the “Update Application” form available on the Yale Admissions Status Portal after an application has been received. Applicants choosing to fulfill the testing requirement with SAT scores are not required to report any scores from the ACT, and vice versa. For applicants submitting official scores through the testing agency, Yale’s CEEB code for the SAT is 3987; the ACT code is 0618. Applicants who have completed AP, IB, or AICE exams should self-report scores on the application. Applicants who have completed one or more SAT Subject Tests may choose which, if any, SAT Subject Test scores to send to Yale and whether to self-report scores on the application or not. 

I will be applying for first-year admission in 2020-2021. Should I include ACT or SAT scores with my application?
In response to the pandemic, Yale has instituted a test-optional policy for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. For all students applying during this cycle, standardized tests are truly optional: you may report ACT or SAT scores with your application, or not. Yale’s policy is designed to accommodate all students, and applicants who are unable to complete an exam or who choose not to report exam scores will not be disadvantaged. You will need to make the decision yourself as to whether you would like to send us your scores. The admissions office will not be able to assist you with that decision. Additional FAQs provide more information that may be helpful.
 
I will be applying for first-year admission in 2020-2021 and I feel my ACT or SAT scores don't reflect my abilities. Should I report scores?

You will need to make the decision yourself as to whether you would like to send your scores. The admissions office will not be able to assist you with that decision. If you have a score that you feel does not represent your academic strength or college preparedness, you should not feel any need to submit it. The “additional information” section of the application provides space to include details about personal circumstances and challenges that may be helpful to the committee when reviewing test scores and other elements of the application.

How should I report my ACT or SAT scores?

For first-year and transfer applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle: if you choose to report one or more ACT or SAT scores, you may self-report scores on the application and/or via the “Update Application” form on the Yale Admissions Status Portal after an application has been submitted. To submit an official score report via the testing agency, use Yale’s College Board (CEEB) Code: 3987 or ACT code: 0618.
For first-year and transfer applicants applying to begin in fall 2022 or later: you may satisfy Yale’s standardized testing requirement by using any of the above methods.

If I report an ACT or SAT score from a date when I completed the optional Writing or Essay section, am I required to report the Writing or Essay score?

Yes. When you choose to send ACT or SAT scores from a particular test date, all results will be included automatically, including the writing or essay section, if applicable. Applicants who self-report scores should also include all scores received on a particular test date, including the optional writing or essay section, if applicable. Applicants may submit official score reports from the appropriate testing agency or self-report results on the application or via an application update.

Are official reports for AP, IB, or AICE scores required?

No. You may self-report AP, IB, or AICE exam scores in the spaces provided on the application. An official report from the testing agency is not required. 

Does Yale award credit based on AP Exams?

Yes and no. Yale awards acceleration credit to students for scores of 4 or 5 on some AP exams. Acceleration credit may offer some students the option to graduate in fewer than eight terms, but only after completing specific courses in specific departments. Although most Yale students have completed multiple AP exams prior to matriculating, most do not use acceleration credit to graduate early. Acceleration credits may not be used to fulfill Yale’s distributional requirements. For further details see Yale College acceleration policies and the current table of acceleration credit.

Does Yale "superscore" the SAT or the ACT?

Yes. The Admissions Committee focuses its evaluation on the highest individual SAT subscores (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) and the highest ACT subscores (English, Reading, Math, Science) even if those subscores were achieved on different dates. The Committee, however, also considers an applicant’s full testing history when available. Transfer applicants and first-year applicants applying to begin in fall 2022 or later must report results from all test dates when applying.

Is there a minimum score needed to be admitted?

No. Standardized tests are just one component of a student’s application and are viewed within the context of the student’s entire file.

What is the average SAT or ACT score of admitted students?

Rather than calculate an average score, Yale reports the middle 50% of test scores (the 25th to the 75th percentiles). For incoming first-years those ranges were as follows: SAT-Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 720-770; SAT-Math: 730-790; ACT Composite: 33-35. This means that 25% of incoming first-year students scored below these ranges and 25% scored above them. In the last admissions cycle there were more than five thousand applicants with scores at or above the 75th percentile scores listed here who were not offered admission. 

If I have taken both the SAT and the ACT must I report scores from both tests?

No. First-year applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle may choose which, if any, scores from the ACT or SAT to report. 
Transfer applicants and first-year applicants applying to begin in fall 2022 or later may choose to report all SAT results, all ACT results, or all results from both exams

What should I do if I receive new test scores after submitting my application?

For First-year applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle: if you wish to share a new test score, use the appropriate form on the Yale Admissions Status portal to self-report new scores, or list Yale as an official score recipient either on or in advance of the test date. Yale’s CEEB code for the SAT is 3987; the ACT code is 0618.
Transfer applicants and first-year applicants applying to begin in fall 2022 or later: you must use one of the methods above to share new scores once they become available.

I took the SAT or ACT in 9th or 10th grade, do I need to send my scores?

For First-year applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle: No. You may choose which, if any, scores from the ACT or SAT to report.
For transfer applicants and first-year applicants applying to begin in fall 2022 or later: Yes. Applicants should report results from all exams taken while in high school if the exam is being used to fulfill Yale’s standardized testing requirement. For example, a student who took the ACT in junior year and reports those scores to Yale should also report an ACT completed in sophomore year. A student who took the SAT in junior year and reports those scores to Yale is not required to report an ACT completed in sophomore year. Admissions officers pay close attention to the date associated with a test score, with the goal of understanding an applicant’s testing history, not zeroing-in on the lowest score.  

I took the SAT or ACT before high school, do I need to send my scores?

No. Exams completed before high school are not considered, and applicants are not required to report those results.