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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:

Applicants may submit scores from either the current SAT or the new SAT (offered beginning March 2016). You can read more about the new SAT here.

NYU will not require the SAT’s Optional Essay when it becomes available, and effective immediately, we no longer require the ACT Writing test. Students can elect to submit the SAT’s Optional Essay and/or the ACT Writing test for consideration but neither are required.

NYU reviews the highest section scores (Math, Critical Reading, Writing) students submit for those using the SAT to meet our testing requirements, combining scores to create a new composite “superscore” for each applicant. Since the new SAT will be different than the current SAT, however, we will not combine current and new SAT scores. In essence, we will not “superscore” the current and new SAT to create a new composite score for our applicants.

For students submitting ACT scores to meet our testing requirements, we will consider individual subject scores in our evaluation process, but will focus our evaluation on one’s composite score (with or without the Writing test). As a result, we do not “superscore” subject scores to create a new composite score for our applicants. 

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, regardless of test dates. 

We recognize that recent events including flooding and school closures, as well as delayed scoring from the ACT, may delay our applicants ability to submit test scores to support their applications. Still, for students who elect to take ACT or SAT tests to meet our standardized testing requirements, we must receive official test scores before we can extend an offer of admission to NYU.

If either testing agency is unable to provide you with your official scores by our application deadlines, submit your application by our deadlines and then self-report your scores by sending a screen shot of your scores via email as soon as they become available. Doing so may help us in expediting the review of your application until official scores arrive. Again, please understand that we cannot offer admission to any student without official ACT or SAT scores on file.

For students applying Early Decision, please know that we offer a second round of Early Decision with a deadline of January 1, leaving you more time to submit all required credentials and still demonstrate that NYU is your first choice.

*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 Tandon 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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