Standardized Tests

What tests do I need to take?

A complete application includes official scores of the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT (with Writing, where offered), and two SAT Subject Tests.

Please note that the College Board English Language Proficiency Test does not count as a subject area test or as a substitute for the SAT Reasoning Test.

Applicants who intend to pursue a B.S.E. degree should take one SAT Subject Test in either physics or chemistry and one SAT Subject Test in mathematics (Level I or II).

Learn more about what to include in your admission application.

How do admission officers use standardized test results?

We use the scores along with your grades and teacher references to make an informed assessment of your academic strengths. No one is admitted or refused admission on the basis of scores alone. For the SAT Reasoning Test, we look at your highest score on each of the three sections (critical reading, mathematics and writing), even if you earned them on three different test dates. For the ACT, we look at your highest composite score. For the SAT Subject Tests, we look at your two highest subjects. If you've taken the same subject test more than once, we look at your highest score.

Score Choice

Applicants are welcome to use the score choice option for standardized test score submission. Princeton will consider the highest individual section results across all sittings of the SAT Reasoning and the highest composite score for the ACT with Writing, as well as the two highest SAT Subject Test scores. We encourage applicants to submit all official test scores as soon as they are available.

Does Princeton accept ACT scores?

Yes. We will accept results of the ACT (with Writing, where offered) or the SAT Reasoning Test. All applicants, must also take two SAT Subject Tests.  Learn more about what to include in your admission application.