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Testing

A perfect score does not guarantee admission, but there is no "minimum" score that you must achieve in order to be accepted at Dartmouth.

It’s not ALL about the numbers

Testing is required, but it isn’t the ultimate factor in evaluating an application. We look at every applicant in the context of available opportunities and efforts. Testing, in conjunction with your secondary school report and recommendations, helps us better understand your academic preparation.

Regular Decision Test Deadlines

(Early decision applicants should visit our Early Decision Testing information page.)

REQUIRED

  • SAT Reasoning (with Essay) or ACT (with Writing)

    If you submit scores from both the SAT and ACT, we will look at your highest equivalent score. For the SAT, we take the highest section scores, regardless of the test dates. For the ACT, we take your highest single composite score.

    The redesigned SAT: If you are applying for admission to enroll at Dartmouth in the fall of 2017 or later, your results from either the old or the redesigned version of the SAT will be accepted, we do not have a preference. However, we will consider your highest “superscored” results from either the old or the redesigned SAT; we will not combine scores from both versions.

    We recognize that some applicants may not be able to schedule an exam with the writing section or that the additional cost may represent a financial hardship for some students. If either of these is the case for you, we will evaluate your application without the writing score.

RECOMMENDED

  • 2 SAT Subject Test Scores

    We recommend that you submit 2 SAT Subject Test scores to help us better understand your academic strengths. We encourage you take tests in the two subjects you like the most. If you submit more than two subject test scores, we will look at your two best scores. Alternately, if you do not submit subject test scores, it will not prevent your candidacy from receiving a full review by the Admissions Committee.

International Students Only

  • TOEFL or IELTS (unless English is your first language or the primary language of instruction at your current or most recent secondary school).

Questions about Dartmouth’s testing policy? See our FAQ.

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