Standardized Testing

To be considered for admission to Princeton, you must submit the results of the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT (with Writing, where offered). In addition, all applicants must submit the results of two different SAT Subject Tests. We do not use minimum cutoff scores for standardized tests in our admission decisions. Learn more about this requirement:

Required Tests
Score Choice
Registering for Tests
Testing Deadlines
Substituting Other Tests for the SAT

Required Tests

When applying for admission to Princeton, you must submit official scores for either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (with Writing, where available). All applicants must also take two SAT Subject Tests.

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).

If you choose to take more than two subject tests, we will consider all your scores, giving the greatest weight to your two strongest scores.

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.

Registering for Tests

Visit the SAT Online Registration website to register. Use code 2672 to ensure your scores are sent to Princeton. We accept only scores submitted directly by the College Board.

Visit the ACT Online Registration website to register. Use college code 2588 to ensure your scores are sent to Princeton. We accept only scores submitted directly by the ACT.

Testing Deadlines

Single-choice early action candidates are strongly encouraged to complete their testing before the Nov. 1 deadline. Students taking standardized tests in November should have their scores sent directly to Princeton.

Regular decision applicants must complete all SAT testing by the January test date. All ACT testing must be completed by the December test date. If you currently live outside the United States or Canada, try to complete all testing by the December test date, if possible.

Substituting Other Tests for the SAT

While you may submit the ACT with the Writing Test in place of the SAT Reasoning Test, you must still submit scores for the two required SAT Subject Tests.

You cannot submit the College Board English Language Proficiency Test as a substitute for the SAT Reasoning Test or for one of the two required SAT Subject Tests.

If you cannot meet these testing requirements, please contact the Admission Office as soon as possible.