Standardized Exam Policies
SAT / ACTAll first-year freshman applicants to Emory University are required to submit scores from either the SAT or the ACT. Emory University requires applicants to take the optional writing section of either the SAT or ACT. 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.
Emory considers your highest section scores across all SAT dates submitted. You will be instructed to send scores from every SAT test date on which you received a top score in each section: mathematics, critical reading and writing. 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. 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. Emory requires the ACT with Writing test and does not review ACT exam scores when the writing test was not taken.
SAT II Subject ExamsSAT 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 ExamsApplicants 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.
TOEFL / IELTSApplicants 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) is highly recommended when English is not the native language of the student; however, students for whom English is not the native language can also demonstrate exceptional command of the English language through the following criteria:
- The student achieves a 650 Critical Reading score on the SAT Examination
- The student has spent the most recent four years of high school where English is the language of instruction for all academic subjects (excluding foreign language.)
A student who resides in a country where a TOEFL testing center is not accessible can be exempt from the examination. Additionally, the International English Language Testing System, (IELTS), is an acceptable examination as well and may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL examination.
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.
The review of all applicants is holistic and close attention will be paid to the strength of the high school curriculum, achievement in the classroom over time, TOEFL/IELTS results, SAT Critical Reading and SAT Writing sections for applicants for whom English is not the native language.
A Note on Standardized Exam DatesEmory University requires that applicants complete and request their test scores be sent directly from the testing agencies prior to our stated application deadlines (EDI: November 1; Scholars Program: November 15; EDII: January 1; RD: January 1). Scores may arrive in our office after the application deadline but must be completed and requested in advance. We are unable to guarantee that test scores sent after the application deadline will arrive before the Admissions Committee evaluation.
Applicants may submit additional testing taken after an application deadline and if the scores arrive before the evaluation then they will be considered with one's application. Once again, we do not guarantee that scores sent after our application deadline will be processed in time to be reviewed with one’s application and we do not delay the review of an application to wait for scores sent after the application deadline. There is no need to rush exam scores as they are not processed any quicker by our office.
Policy Regarding the Redesigned SAT for Fall 2017 ApplicantsEmory 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. As with the ACT examination, Emory University applicants are required to take the optional Essay/Writing section on the redesigned SAT.
The College Board has committed to releasing a concordance sheet 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 super-score SAT exams taken for the same type of exam—but will not super-score across the old and the new formats.