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:
- SAT (essay test not required)
- ACT (writing test not required)
- Three SAT Subject Test scores*
- Three AP exam scores*
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma*
- Three IB higher-level exam scores if not an IB Diploma candidate
- Nationally accredited exam that shows you completed your secondary education
* View our list of approved standardized testing categories.
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 still meet our English language testing requirements.
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 new or old 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. For both the SAT and ACT we will review the highest of each section, regardless of test date. The practice is commonly known as "superscore." A few notes:
- 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.
- For the ACT, we will recalculate a new composite using the highest of each section, regardless of test date.
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:
- Literature or humanities
- Math or science
- Test of your choosing in any subject (View the Standardized Testing Categories)
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
NYU will not consider results submitted by the applicant as official. If you live in a country where examination results are only released to the student (i.e. Australia or New Zealand), you must first send your results to your high school. After verifying your results, your high school can forward them to NYU.
Which programs do not require testing and why?
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.
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.