6 JULY 2023
2 MARCH 2023
As we stated when we announced testing policy pause in 2020, the choice to include a test score or not is each student's choice to make. That submission decision will be honored at Dartmouth without prejudice. Each application will be evaluated by what is in the file rather than what is missing from it.
Testing is not the ultimate factor in evaluating an application. We look at every applicant and each part of their candidacy, including standardized test scores, in the context of available opportunities and efforts. Testing, in conjunction with your academic record and recommendations, helps us better understand your academic preparation. In this spirit, if you have taken the ACT or the SAT, we encourage you to submit your scores regardless of how they compare to the scores on Dartmouth's class profile.
For students who wish to submit testing as part of next year's application, there is no preference between the SAT or ACT. Either is welcome. Consistent with our previous announcements related to our testing pause, Dartmouth will not report testing profiles or related data for the classes accepted and enrolled during this test-optional period.
Dartmouth will continue to follow the guidance and policies of the Ivy League regarding testing requirements for applicants who expect to participate in the varsity athletic program. In addition, the language proficiency testing requirement for international students for whom English is not the home language nor the language of instruction remains unchanged.
We strongly advise students to focus on the many holistic elements of the application that showcase academic excellence and their personal narrative. Dartmouth has practiced holistic admissions review for more than a century, and that ancient ideal of the whole person continues to guide our application review process for candidacies with and without ACT or SAT scores.