Standardized Testing for Transfer Applicants

All transfer applicants must submit official standardized test results. You have two testing options, and we have no preference which you choose. You may take either the:

  • The ACT with Writing          - or -
  • The SAT with Essay (or the SAT writing section for SAT exams before March 2016)

Scores from the March SAT or February ACT test dates should reach us in time for consideration. Only scores reported directly to Yale by the College Board or the ACT are considered official. If you have not already requested that your scores be forwarded, please do so immediately.

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. The admissions office system will not link your record to your test scores if the names do not match.

More information the tests and testing centers is available via the College Board and ACT websites.

A Note to International Students

International students are required to submit SAT or ACT results unless they are studying outside the U.S. in a country without accessible testing centers (e.g. China and Iran). However, if you currently reside or attend school in a country where the ACT with Writing or the SAT is offered, you are required to take either test and submit official test results to Yale.

We understand that the ACT with Writing is not offered everywhere outside of the United States, and so we will continue to accept the standard ACT without the writing option. Note that because the ACT is less available outside of the U.S., the majority of international student students submit SAT results.

Testing for Non-Native English Speakers

Students at Yale must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken and written American English.  If you are not a native English speaker and you haven’t received at least two years of secondary or post-secondary education in an English-medium curriculum, Yale strongly recommends that you take any one of the following tests for non-native English speakers.