Standardized Testing

Dartmouth College is test optional for the Class of 2025. Please refer to Dean Coffin's blog for more information.

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 academic record and recommendations, helps us better understand your academic preparation.

Required Testing

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 (we do not superscore the ACT).

International Students Only: 

  • If your first language is not English and your school curriculum is not delivered in English, we require you to submit an English proficiency exam score from the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Cambridge C1/C2.
Optional Testing

You are welcome to submit SAT Subject Test 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