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Standardized Tests

Standardized Testing Policy

NYU has one of the most flexible testing policies of any college or university. To be eligible for admission, you must submit ONE of the following:

Applicants to programs in our Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and our Tisch School of the Arts requiring an audition or portfolio are not required to submit standardized testing for consideration and doing so is entirely optional. For other programs where an audition or portfolio is optional but not required, testing is required.

All applicants to our campus in New York must meet our English language requirements.

SAT

SAT tests should be taken in advance of NYU's application deadline. While we will consider scores received after our application deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will wait for those scores to arrive before making an admission decision. We will not offer admission to a student unless we have official testing on file and NYU does not consider results submitted by the applicant as official.

The College Board should send your scores to NYU. If this is not possible, then have a school official submit them. NYU’s school code is:

  • SAT: 2562

If you’ve taken the SAT more than once, you can select which results you want to send to us using Score Choice. We will review the highest SAT scores you submit. If you submit scores from the old and new versions of the SAT, however, we will not create a new “superscore” as the old SAT is a different test from the new SAT.

ACT

ACT tests should be taken in advance of NYU's application deadline. While we will consider scores received after our application deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will wait for those scores to arrive before making an admission decision. We will not offer admission to a student unless we have official testing on file and NYU does not consider results submitted by the applicant as official.

The ACT should send your scores to NYU. If this is not possible, then have a school official submit them. NYU’s school code is:

  • ACT: 2838

If you’ve taken the ACT more than once, we will recalculate a new composite using the highest of each section, regardless of test date.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

For many students, IB Diploma results will not be available prior to NYU’s application deadline. If this is the case for you, you must submit predicted scores through one of the following methods:

  • By a school official through the Common Application website
; or
  • By a school official downloading and completing the NYU Predicted Results Form; or
  • Emailed from a school official using a clearly identifiable school email address; or
  • Mailed by a school official on school letterhead in a sealed and signed envelope.

Note: While your offer of admission may be made based on your predicted IB results, we reserve the right to withdraw an offer of admission if your final Diploma results are not within an acceptable range of your predicted results.

SAT Subject Tests

If you choose to submit three SAT subject test scores to fulfill the standardized testing requirement, we want to see one score from each of the following academic areas:

  • Literature or humanities
  • Math or science
  • Test of your choosing in any subject

Some of our schools have their own requirements for subject test results:

  • The Stern School of Business requires one of the subject exams to be Math Level 1 OR Math Level 2.
  • The Tandon School of Engineering requires one literature or humanities score, one math score, and one science score.

You can refer to the expandable below to see into which category each exam falls.

AP Exams

If you choose to submit three AP Exam scores to fulfill the standardized testing requirement, we want to see one score from each of the following academic areas:

  • Literature or humanities
  • Math or science
  • Test of your choosing in any subject

Some of our schools have their own requirements for AP Exam results:

  • The Stern School of Business requires one of the exam scores to be in math.
  • The Tandon School of Engineering requires one literature or humanities score, one math score, and one science score.

You can refer to the expandable below to see into which category each exam falls.

IB Higher-Level Exams

If you choose to submit three IB Higher-Level Exam scores to fulfill the standardized testing requirement, we want to see one score from each of the following academic areas:

  • Literature or humanities
  • Math or science
  • Test of your choosing in any subject

Some of our schools have their own requirements for IB higher-level exam results:

  • The Stern School of Business requires one of the exams to be mathematics.
  • The Tandon School of Engineering requires one literature or humanities score, one math score, and one science score.

You can refer to the expandable below to see into which category each exam falls.

Other International Examinations

As part of NYU's Flexible Testing Policy, we accept dozens of examinations and other qualifications from around the world. The qualification must meet the following criteria:

  • It shows you completed your secondary education;
  • It was administered by an independent body (not your school); and
  • It was approved by NYU.

You can refer to NYU’s International Qualification Tool to see which examinations you are able to submit and the supporting documentation required.

Note: if any official documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by an official English translation, either issued by a school official or by a translation agency that is accredited in the country of the educational institution.

Common International Credentials

Delayed Exam Results

If your results are delayed (because of the testing agency, school closings, or a natural disaster), you can self-report your scores by emailing a screenshot of them to us. This will enable us to expedite our review of your application but again, we must receive official test scores before extending an admission offer.

Artistic Programs

We believe that in attracting the most talented artists to Steinhardt and Tisch, an audition or portfolio, along with a student's academic record and engagement in activities, is a more effective gauge of potential student success in the arts than standardized testing. As a result, our evaluation process is based on one's academic record and artistic review of one's required audition or portfolio, along with other application materials including extracurricular experiences, recommendations, and essays.

All artistic programs in Steinhardt and Tisch require an audition or portfolio for admission, with the exception of Educational Theatre and Interactive Media Arts for which testing is required. All programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai require testing.

If you are interested in being considered for alternate programs in addition to artistic programs at Steinhardt and Tisch, you will still need to submit testing to be eligible for admission to those programs.

If submitting standardized test scores is optional for your intended program of study and you do send us your test scores, we will consider them in our evaluation process.