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Standardized Tests

Standardized Testing Policy

NYU seeks talented students from every corner of the globe. Each applicant is expected to demonstrate his/her talents and mastery of subject matter to support his/her applications and to marshal his/her best case 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 (approved options are listed below)

The NYU Code for the SAT, SAT Subject Test, AP, and TOEFL is 2562.
The NYU Code for the ACT is 2838.

We recommend that in the spirit of marshalling your best case for admission, you choose which examination(s) you want our admissions committees to review in the evaluation process. If you feel one type of examination positions you more favorably, submit only that examination - as long as the results you submit meet our standardized testing requirements. You do not have to submit multiple test types and should only do so 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 specifically, NYU participates in Score Choice, which enables you to elect which tests you want to send to NYU. If you do take the SAT multiple times, rest assured that we will only review the highest Critical Reading, the highest Math, and the highest Writing score 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 Test Requirements:

  • Students who submit SAT Subject Test, AP, or IB scores (for students not submitting an IB Diploma) must submit: one literature or humanities score; one math or science score; and a score from one test of the student's choice in any subject. Click here to view the Standardized Testing Categories.
  • 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, if students choose to submit either Subject Test, AP, or IB scores, submitted exam scores must include: one literature or humanities score; one math score; and one science score.

In addition to SAT, ACT, and IB results, we are pleased to consider a wide range of regional and national examinations to fulfill an applicant's standardized testing requirement. The list below is not exhaustive, and will be updated as new examinations are approved. You should not assume that any examinations will meet our testing requirements unless they are listed below. Please email admissions.ops@nyu.edu with questions regarding examinations that are not included in this list.

  • Matura Shtetërore

  • State Final Exams (levels A and B are required)
  • Unified State Exams (starting from 2012)

Students may submit their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or Overall Position (OP) positioning and one of the following:

  • Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), or
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Exams

  • Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate Examination (BHSEC)

  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • Certificado de Conclusao de Ensino Medio + Vestibular
    (University Entrance Exam)
  • Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio/Middle Education National Examination (ENEM)

  • Brunei-Cambridge Advanced Level Certificate of Education
  • Brunei Matriculation Examination

  • Matura

  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination

  • Prueba De Seleccion Universitaria

  • Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gao Kao)

  • Examen de Estado para Ingreso a la Educacion Superior (Saber 11)

  • Bachillera Nacional
  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • Baccalauréat

  • Matura

  • Παγκύπριες Εξετάσεις (Pancyprian Examinations)

  • Maturitní zkouška

Students may submit either of the following exams:

  • Studentereksamen
  • Hǿjere Forberedelseseksamen

  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • Riigieksamitunnistus

  • Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination

  • European Baccalaureate (EB)

  • Fiji Seventh Form Examination (FSFE)

  • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus

  • Baccalauréat

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination

  • Unified National Examinations  

  • Abitur

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination

Apolytirion (with Panhellenic Examinations)

  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  • Érettségi vizsga

Students may submit one of the following:

  • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE)
  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC)

    Other state examinations may be considered on request

  • Ujian Nasional SMA

  • Irish Leaving Certificate

  • Teudat Bagrut

  • Diploma Di Esame Di Stato

  • Tawjihi

  • College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)

  • Testi i Maturës Shtetërore 

Lebanese Baccalaureate Certificate of Secondary Education

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination

  • Brandos Atestatas (national level Matura only) 

  • Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires 

  • Државна матура (Drzhavna matura)

  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)

  • General School Certificate Examination (G.C.E.)

  • Advanced Level Matriculation Certificate

  • CENEVAL EXANI II
  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

National Baccalaureate Exam  

  • Maturski i strucni ispit-drzavna matura

  • Higher Secondary Education Board Examination (HSEBE)

  • Staatsexamen voorbereidend wetenschappelijk
    onderwijs (Staatsexamen vwo)

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination

Students may submit one of the following exams:

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) II in Sciences (FSc)
  •  Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) II in Arts (FA)

  • Prueba de Aptitude Academica (PAA)

  • Egzamin maturalny (exam), Świadectwo Dojrzałości (certificate)

  • Diploma de Ensino Secundário

  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • Examen de Bacalaureat

Unified State Exam 

  • Advanced Highers (Highers meet minimum requirements, Advanced Highers is recommended)

  • Baccalauréat

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Levels

  • Maturita

  • Matura

  • Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad (Selectividad)

  • General Certificate Exam Advanced Levels

  • Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate

  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT)

  • Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)

Students may submit one of the following:

  • GCE Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent combination of AS-Level and A-Level examinations
  • Pre U Examinations

  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination

  • ZIMSEC 'A' Level Examination

Exemption Form

Students who live in countries from which a national college entrance examination is not listed on this page may apply for a Standardized Testing Requirement Exemption. This form asks the applicant to indicate the reasons why he/she is unable to submit standardized test results, and provide alternative credentials in support of his/her application.


National or International Academic Accomplishments

In addition to the examinations listed on this page, students are welcome to submit official documentation of national or international academic accomplishments which they feel may further support their application.

Submitting Scores and Examination Results

Test scores or examination results should be submitted directly from the testing organization by the appropriate application deadline. SAT, SAT Subject, ACT, and AP scores must be final at the time of application. For other examinations, if final results are unavailable at the time of application, predicted results may only 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

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

English Language Testing Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers:

Exemption from English language proficiency testing will be given:

  • If your native language is English;
  • If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least three years at the time of your application AND you submit SAT, ACT, AP, or IB testing; or
  • If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.

Even if you are exempt from taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam, or if you are applying to our campuses in Abu Dhabi and/or Shanghai, you may still submit your scores to demonstrate your English proficiency. You should take one of these examinations regardless of any other test scores you submit to NYU if you do not qualify for an exemption. Your TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic score will be used in conjunction with, not in lieu of, other required standardized testing. Please also be aware:

  • We do not have any minimum test score requirements, but our most competitive applicants score above 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) and 7.5 or above on the IELTS. Information about the TOEFL may be secured by visiting the TOEFL website and information on the IELTS is available on the IELTS website. The TOEFL code for NYU undergraduate admissions is 2562.
  • If you want to improve your English language skills prior to applying to an undergraduate program at NYU, you are welcome to investigate the American Language Institute, housed at NYU.
  • All students will be further tested upon arrival at NYU. If your ability to speak and write in English is not deemed to be of a sufficiently high level to register for academic study, you will have to register for noncredit English courses that will entail additional expense and extend the time normally required to complete your degree.
  • Non-native English speakers taking a curriculum that is heavily focused on math and science are encouraged to submit English language test results, even if they are exempt from this requirement.


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