OFFICE OF
Undergraduate
Admission

Standardized Exam Policies

Testing Codes
SAT: 5187
ACT: 0810
TOEFL: 5187

SAT / ACT

Applicants may submit either self-reported or officially-reported standardized test scores. The Writing portion of either test is not required to apply.

If paying to send official test scores poses a financial barrier for you or your family, we accept self-reported test scores for the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and IELTS. This is consistent with Emory University’s commitment to access and affordability for all students.

Applicants who are admitted on the basis of self-reported scores and choose to enroll at Emory University will be required to submit official score reports in June/July before enrolling at Emory University in August.

Self-reported test scores may be submitted (and updated) in any of the following ways:

  • (Preferred method) Enter scores in the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Submit screen shots or scanned copies of score report via email to admission@emory.edu.

Official test scores may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Sent directly from the testing agency.
    • SAT: 5187
    • ACT: 0810
    • TOEFL: 5187 (for international applicants)
  • Sent directly by the student’s high school counselor via email to admission@emory.edu.
  • Sent directly by the student’s high school counselor via notation on an official transcript, and emailed to admission@emory.edu.

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.

Exam Dates: Our office accepts self-reported test scores for the application review process. If you have taken a test later in the year, please ensure our office has a copy of your self-reported scores by the following dates. 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.

2018-19 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 2019 exams will not arrive in time for consideration.


*Students Living Overseas: We encourage you to learn about the testing dates offered in your country of residence and register as early as possible to take the SAT/ACT. In recent years, the capacity of testing centers has changed, and in some cases, there have been delays in universities receiving scores. 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.

Verification of Self-Reported Test Scores

Students who are admitted on the basis of self-reported test scores and choose to enroll at Emory University will be required to submit official test scores through any of the methods listed above. Test score verification occurs in June/July before enrolling in August. Based on the official score report(s), we will verify the accuracy of self-reported scores used during the application process. Any negative discrepancy between official and self-reported scores may result in the withdrawal of the offer of admission.

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.

TOEFL / IELTS

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.

Emory University accepts both official and self-reported test scores for the TOEFL and IELTS for the admission review process.