Standardized Exam Policies

Testing Codes
SAT: 5187
ACT: 0810
TOEFL: 5187


All first-year freshman applicants to Emory University are required to submit scores from either the SAT or the ACT. The essay/writing section of the redesigned SAT and the ACT are optional. There is no preference given to one exam over the other. SAT and/or ACT scores are important but are not the deciding factors. Strong grades in rigorous courses may cause the committee to overlook below average standardized test scores, but high board scores will never make up for an applicant's weak course selection or grades.

Score Choice: Emory considers your highest section scores across all SAT dates submitted (also known as superscoring). You will be instructed to send scores from every SAT test date on which you received a top score in each section: mathematics and critical reading. Final admission decisions are based only on your highest section scores, and Emory updates your records each time you receive new scores.

Emory does not superscore the ACT exam, as the exam and its composite scoring system are not set-up in such a manner. For students who submit multiple ACT exam scores, the Admission Committee will review the overall score and sections scores for the ACT exam with the highest composite score.

Redesigned SAT: Emory University applicants seeking admission for enrollment for fall semester 2017 are required to submit scores for the SAT or ACT. Applicants submitting SAT scores may choose to submit scores from either the former (prior to March 2016) or redesigned (after March 2016) exam format. The College Board has released SAT score converter tools to help colleges, students, and parents convert scores from the former SAT to the redesigned SAT. Emory highly encourages students to speak with their high school guidance counselor when making decisions about standardized testing plans and schedules. Students may elect to take both the old and new forms of the exams if they so choose. The Admission Committee will superscore SAT exams taken for the same type of exam—but will not superscore across the old and the new formats.

Exam Dates: Emory University requires that applicants complete and request their standardized exams be sent directly from the testing agencies prior to our stated application deadlines. Scores may arrive in our office after an application deadline but must be completed and the request to the testing agency placed in advance. We are unable to guarantee that exams sent after an application deadline will arrive before the admission committee review.

Please refer to the following chart to determine when standardized exams must be taken in relation to the admission plan selected. Applicants may submit additional testing taken after these deadlines and if the scores arrive before the evaluation then they will be considered. The review of one's application will not be delayed to wait for scores sent after an application deadline.

2016-2017 Standardized Exam Deadlines

Admission Plan

Application Deadline

Last Date for Standardized Exam

Early Decision I

November 1

Exams must be taken and sent prior to the November 1 deadline. Typically, November exam scores will also arrive in time for consideration.

Scholar Programs

November 15

Exams must be taken and sent prior to the November 15 deadline. Typically, late November and December exam scores will also arrive in time for consideration.

Early Decision II

January 1

Exams must be taken and sent prior to the January 1 deadline.

Regular Decision

January 1

Exams must be taken and sent prior to the January 1 deadline. Typically, January exam scores will also arrive in time for consideration. February 2017 exams will not arrive in time for consideration.

SAT II Subject Exams

SAT II subject exams are encouraged, but not required. Students are encouraged to submit SAT subject exam scores for academics areas of strength and/or interest. Since these exams are not required, students have the choice of which subject exams they want to report. Do note that we request home-schooled applicants submit scores from three SAT II subject exams.

AP / IB Exams

Applicants are encouraged to self-report AP and IB exam scores on their application but official exam results do not need to be sent at the time of application. If a student is admitted and chooses to enroll, they will be required to submit official AP and IB exam score results for transfer credit review. Review our AP, IB, and College Credit Policies webpage for further details on the process for transfer credit.


Applicants who do not use English as their primary language must demonstrate the ability to be successful in a rigorous English-medium academic curriculum. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English at the time they apply to Emory University. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are highly recommended when English is not the native language of the student; however, students for whom English is not the native language may also demonstrate exceptional command of the English language through the following criteria:
  • The student achieves a 700 Evidence-based Reading and Writing score on the SAT
  • The student achieves a 30 English subset score on the ACT
  • The student has spent the most recent four years of school where English is the language of instruction for all academic subjects (excluding global/world language.)

A score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) an overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS is expected for all applicants though these scores are not used as cut-offs and review of English language proficiency is viewed in the context of each application. The highest total score of a single sitting will be used if the student elects to take an exam more than once. Students are also encouraged to take the optional Writing section of the SAT or ACT exam to demonstrate English proficiency.