Standardized Tests

Standardized Testing Policy

Results from scholastic exams are an important criteria for evaluating our global pool of applicants. With that said, NYU has one of the most flexible testing policies of any college or university.

You only have to submit results from one of the following:

With flexibility comes considerations. Here are a few questions you might be asking:

What are NYU's School Codes?

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

Should I submit results from the current or new SAT test?

We accept results from either the old or new SAT, which became available in March 2016.

I’ve taken more than one standardized test. Which scores do I submit to NYU?

We only require that you take one test so we recommend submitting the results that best improve your chances for admission. Remember:

  • 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, regardless of test dates. This practice is commonly known as the “superscore.” 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.
  • For the ACT, we focus our evaluation on the composite score of your individual subject score results (with or without the writing test).

Which SAT subject tests or AP exam scores do you want to see?

If you choose to submit three SAT subject tests or AP exam scores to fulfill the standardized testing requirement, we want to see one score from each of the following:

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

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

How do I submit my test results to NYU?

The testing organization should send your scores to NYU. If this is not possible, then have a school official submit them. NYU’s school codes are as follows:

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

What if my test results won’t be available by the application deadline because of a delay or other reason?

SAT, SAT Subject, ACT, and AP 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.

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.

“Predicted scores” for other tests, such as IB and A Levels, can be submitted using one of the following methods:

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

Note: We may withdraw an offer of admission if your final test scores are not within an acceptable range of your predicted results.

Does NYU recognize test results from other countries?

We sure do. Here’s a list of approved tests. The test 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.