Standardized Testing

Standardized testing, while important, is only one piece of a much larger picture. You're so much more than a number, and the application process is about so much more than scores.

The college admissions process is all about finding the right fit, and there's no single piece of your application, including a test score, that could indicate whether or not you would be a good fit for UChicago. We read applications holistically and consider your test scores alongside your grades, course selection, and letters of recommendation to determine whether you're prepared to do good academic work in the College, which most students who apply are.

We require an ACT or SAT score and have no preference between the two tests or between the "old" SAT and the "new" SAT. We will continue to accept scores from the old version of the SAT for the five years scores remain valid. The writing portion of the ACT or the SAT is not required, nor are any SAT Subject Tests. We do not have minimum test score requirements.

We will superscore both the SAT and the ACT, meaning that if you have taken either test more than once, you should submit all your scores, and we will add your highest subsection scores together to give you the highest possible combined score. We will superscore within both the old SAT and the new SAT, but will not be able to superscore between the two versions of the test. We encourage students to take the test more than once, but do not recommend excessive retaking of standardized tests, as we generally do not see significant improvement after the second time taking a test. Test scores are valid for five years (with an exception for veteran applicants); if your scores are more than five years old, you must retake the test.

Reporting Scores

UChicago will review the applications of students who attend U.S. high schools using either self-reported or official SAT or ACT scores. These students will not be required to submit official score reports unless they are admitted and choose to enroll. You are able to self-report test scores through the Coalition or Common Application. You will not need to superscore your own results or recalculate your scores in any way; send your scores exactly as you receive them. 

Students who will graduate from a high school outside the U.S. and transfer applicants will be required to submit an official score report at the time of application. To be considered official, scores must be sent to the University of Chicago directly from the testing agency or reported on a transcript. UChicago’s SAT code is 1832; the ACT code is 1152.

Testing Deadlines

While we would, of course, like to receive your scores before the appropriate deadline, we will accept October ACT and November SAT scores for Early Action and Early Decision I, December SAT and ACT scores for Early Decision II, and January SAT and February ACT scores for Regular Decision.

Outside the U.S.

We understand that access to the SAT and ACT is not available in all countries. While we hope that you will make your best effort to take one of these tests if you can, we will give full consideration to the applications without an ACT or SAT score from students in these countries.

Learn more about test scores on our FAQ page.