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Testing

As part of our comprehensive admissions process, we use standardized testing to gain more insight into the academic preparation of our applicants. These tests represent one component in our admissions process in conjunction with other academic and non-academic factors.

The College Board and ACT provide free resources that can help you be prepared for the exams. Follow these links to learn more about preparing for the SAT and the ACT.

Our testing policy is as follows:

REQUIRED

ACT or SAT

TOEFL or IELTS (For international applicants - see Required Testing section)

OPTIONAL (2020-21 Admissions Cycle) 

SAT Subject Tests

  • We do not require the writing portion of the ACT.
  • We do not require the essay portion of the current SAT.
  • In previous years, we recommended SAT Subject Tests for all applicants. In response to the reduction of test dates due to the COVID-19 outbreak, SAT Subject Tests will be options for the 2020-21 Admissions Cycle. Applications who do not submit the SAT Subject Tests will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process.
  • Students who are native speakers of English or who attend school where the language of instruction is English are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

 

Self-Reported Scores

Penn will review self-reported SAT and ACT test scores from first year applications attending high schools in the United States. TOEFL, and IELTS scores must be sent through official testing agencies to be considered with your application. Recruited athletes and students attending high schools outside of the U.S. are required to submit official testing through the appropriate testing agency or University-approved source. To self-report your scores, use the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application. We recommend that you self-report each test you will use to select the highest score in each section.

Admitted students must submit official score reports prior to enrollment. If you are self-reporting sections from multiple test dates then you must submit official reports from each sitting prior to enrollment. If you choose to self-report your tests scores, then please be sure your self-reporting is accurate. Penn reserves the right to rescind admission in the case of applicant misrepresentation including discrepancies between self-reported and official test scores.

Testing Deadlines (2019-2020 Admissions Cycle)

Tests must be taken by the appropriate application deadline:

Test Early Decision Regular Decision Transfer Decision
Latest SAT Test Date November 2019 December 2019 March 2020
Latest ACT Test Date October 2019 December 2019 February 2020
Latest SAT Subject Test Date November 2019 December 2019 December 2020

Testing codes: SAT – 2926; ACT – 3732; TOEFL -2926

 

Additional Information

  • Score Choice: Although we permit Score Choice, we encourage students to submit their entire testing history for both ACT and SAT exams.
  • SAT vs. ACT: No preference is given to the SAT or the ACT. If an applicant submits both tests, we will pay attention to the higher score from either test.
  • Superscoring: For the SAT, we will combine your highest Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing with your highest Math score across multiple tests to calculate a superscore. For the ACT, we consider the highest individual English, Math, Reading, and Science scores across multiple tests to calculate a superscore composite. If you are self-reporting exams from multiple dates to create your superscore, then we expect you to provide official reports for each test that contributes to your superscore prior to enrollment in line with our self-reported testing policy.