Standardized Testing

Testing is not 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 academic record and recommendations, helps us better understand your academic preparation.

Required Testing*

*Dartmouth College is test optional for the Class of 2026.

If you submit multiple scores from the SAT or ACT, we will accept superscored testing, i.e. your highest section scores in either test, regardless of the test dates.

International Students Only: 

  • If your first language is not English, and your secondary school curriculum has not been delivered in English for at least two years, we require you to submit an English proficiency exam score from the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Cambridge C1/C2.
  • In addition to the English Language Proficiency details above, we will accept online results from the TOEFL and IELTS examinations from applicants for the Class of 2026 in order to be more flexible for international applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic: TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, TOEFL IPT Plus for China,  IELTS Indicator.

Optional Testing

You are welcome to submit SAT Subject, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate scores to illustrate your academic strengths. Not submitting scores will not prevent your candidacy from receiving a full review by the Admissions Committee. If you submit subject test scores, we will include them in our review of your application.

Test Deadlines

Early Decision
Last test date for SAT/Subject Test: November
Last test date for ACT: October

Regular Decision
Last test date for SAT/Subject Test or ACT: December