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Standardized Tests

Standardized Testing Policy

NYU seeks talented students from every corner of the globe. As an applicant, you are expected to demonstrate your talents and mastery of subject matter to support your application and marshal your best cases for admission to NYU. As a result, NYU has one of the most flexible testing policies of any college or university.

To be eligible for admission, applicants are expected to submit results from one of the following testing options:

  • The SAT Reasoning Test; or
  • The ACT with Writing Test; or
  • Three SAT Subject Test scores; or
  • Three AP exam scores; or
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma; or
  • Three IB higher-level exam scores (if you are not an IB Diploma candidate); or
  • Results from a nationally accredited exam that is considered locally to signify the completion of secondary education, is administered independently of the student’s school, and has been approved by the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Click here to review our list of approved national examinations

In the spirit of presenting your best case for admission, choose the examination you feel positions you more favorably and submit only that examination - as long as the results you submit meet our standardized testing requirements. You should only submit multiple test types if you want us to review additional examination results. All examinations are considered equally and you will not be placed at a disadvantage if you do not send SAT/ACT testing.

With regard to the SAT, NYU participates in Score Choice, enabling you to elect which tests you want to send to NYU. If you take the SAT multiple times, we will only review the highest Critical Reading, Math, and Writing scores you submit, regardless of test dates, creating the highest possible composite score for you in our evaluation process.

For the ACT, we will review the highest composite ACT score with Writing, regardless of test dates. 


Subject Requirements:

  • Students who submit SAT Subject Test, AP, or IB scores (for students not submitting an IB Diploma) must submit: 
  • For applicants to the Stern School of Business, one of the exams above must be in mathematics.
  • For applicants to the Polytechnic School of Engineering, the exams above must include: one literature or humanities score; one math score; and one science score.

NYU Codes:

SAT, SAT Subject Test, AP, and TOEFL: 2562
ACT: 2838


NYU Students

Submitting Predicted Results

SAT, SAT Subject, ACT, and AP scores must be final at the time of application. For other examinations, like IB or A Levels, if final results are unavailable at the time of application, predicted results may be submitted by a school official, via one of the following methods:

  • Naviance/Common Application website

  • Mailed on official school letterhead, in a sealed and signed envelope
  • Emailed from a clearly identifiable school email address


You may also ask a school official to submit the NYU Predicted Results Form using the above methods.

NYU reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if final results are not within close range of the predicted results.

Submitting Final Scores and Examination Results

Test scores or examination results should be submitted directly from the testing organization by the appropriate application deadline. If results cannot be sent by the testing organization, these should be provided by a school official.

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