Standardized Testing

Required Tests
We require the submission of one of the following: (1) SAT or (2) ACT with Writing. The redesigned SAT with Essay, which will be available in March of 2016, and the ACT with Writing will be treated equally. 

In addition, we recommend, but do not require, the submission of two SAT Subject Tests, which often assist us in the evaluation process. We have no preference for the specific SAT Subject Tests applicants choose to take. However, if you apply for the B.S.E degree, we recommend that you take either mathematics Level I or II, and either physics or chemistry.

Some students may find the cost of taking and submitting SAT Subject Tests to be prohibitive. Please note you will not be penalized for not submitting SAT Subject Tests if the cost of taking the tests causes financial hardship. In such instances, we will rely on rigor of coursework, strength of recommendations, quality of writing in the essays and any other information available to us.

We allow applicants to use the score choice feature of both the SAT and ACT, but we encourage the submission of all test scores.

Please know that standardized testing is but one element of our comprehensive and holistic application review process. We employ no minimum test scores for admission; rather, the entirety of a student’s background is considered in context.

Note on additional testing:

We recommend that you self-report all of your AP or IB scores on your application. You must submit your SAT and/or ACT scores to Princeton directly from the testing firms.

International students must submit either the SAT or ACT with Writing. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), The Pearson Test of English Academic (Pearson Academic), the International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic) or national examination results are not used as a substitute for the SAT or ACT.

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
You may submit the ACT with the Writing Test in place of the SAT Reasoning Test. You cannot submit the College Board English Language Proficiency Test as a substitute for the SAT Reasoning Test or for one of the two recommended SAT Subject Tests.

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