Standardized Testing Policy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU has modified  its testing requirements for the 2022-2023 application cycle for first-year and transfer applicants.

We have extended our test-optional policy due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2022-2023 application cycle. For students who elect to submit testing as part of their application, NYU has one of the most flexible testing policies of any college or university. 

When completing the Common App, you will be able to select whether you wish to submit standardized testing, and if so, which form of testing you plan to submit. If you choose to submit standardized testing, you only need to submit one form of testing. We will review the form of testing that you indicated you would like us to consider on your application.

You can learn more about our standardized testing options in the chart below. 

What do we accept? Notes
SAT Must be taken within 5 years of the date of application and sent from the College Board. NYU’s school code is 2562.
ACT Must be taken within 5 years of the date of application and sent from ACT. NYU’s school code is 2838.
3 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams If you wish to apply with 3 AP exam results, we require one from a Humanities exam, one from a Math or Science exam, and one from an exam of your choice. You can find a list of which exams fall into these categories at the bottom of this page. These exams must have been taken prior to your date of application.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Exams 

Predictions or Final Results

For non-diploma students who wish to apply with 3 Higher Level (HL) predictions or final results, we require one from a Humanities exam, one from a Math or Science exam, and one from an exam of your choice. You can find a full list of which exams fall into these categories at the bottom of this page.

GCE Advanced Level (A-Level)

Predictions or Final Results

GCE A-Level students can meet our testing requirement with predictions or final results from 3 or more A-Level exams. If you will graduate with fewer than 3 exams, or a mix of A-Levels and another exam, please contact admissions@nyu.edu for assistance. Please note that predictions or final results are required for all A-Level applicants for all exams they will sit.

Other International Examinations 

Predictions or Final Results 

We also accept a number of national exams and qualifications from around the world! For information on any other international exams we accept as standardized testing, along with academic documentation requirements, please visit our International Qualifications Tool. Students are welcome to apply with predicted exam results as their preferred form of testing; however, we must receive final exam results for any matriculated student from a system where final exams are required for proof of high school graduation (or from applicants who have already taken their exams). 

Additional Notes

  • SAT, ACT, and AP tests must be taken in advance of NYU's application deadline if you wish to use them as your form of standardized testing. Once our application deadline passes, we cannot guarantee that we will wait for scores to arrive before making an admission decision.
  • We will superscore results across multiple test dates for the SAT and ACT.
  • If you wish to use predictions for the International Baccalaureate, A-Levels, or another national exam as your form of testing, we will email a unique form to your school counselor after you submit your application.
  • 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.

Additional Program Requirements

If you are applying to the Stern School of Business or the Tandon School of Engineering, pay attention to these testing requirements:

  • Advanced Placement: At least one exam score must be in a Math subject (Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics). 
  • International Baccalaureate: You are encouraged to take either the higher or standard level of Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Higher Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation. If submitting 3 IB Higher Level Exams, at least one exam score must be in Mathematics.
  • A-Levels: Students applying to the Stern School of Business or to Computer Science or Engineering majors are encouraged to take A-Level Mathematics.

Categories for AP & IB Exams

  Advanced Placement (AP) International Baccalaureate (IB)
Humanities
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • European History 
  • Spanish Literature & Culture 
  • United States History 
  • World History 
  • Language A: Literature
  • Language A: Language & Literature
  • History 
  • Philosophy
Math & Science

 

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Physics B 
  • Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
  • Physics C: Mechanics Statistics

 

 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science 
  • Physics 
  • Design Technology 
  • Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches
  • Mathematics: Applications & Interpretations