Admissions Apply


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

It has probably been a couple of years or more since you took standardized tests. You don't need to re-test, but you do need to send those scores to us, since your test scores help us better understand your academic preparation. Generally, transfer applicants submit score reports for exams which were taken during secondary school and previously submitted for their First-Year college applications.

Transfer Testing Waiver

If you have not taken the required tests or if sitting for these exams would be a hardship, you may request a testing waiver by contacting Janet MacElman. Applications with a testing waiver will be reviewed for admission. However, most transfer applicants will submit the required testing.

Test deadlines


  • SAT Reasoning (with Writing) 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 current 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 current 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.


  • 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.