Testing Policy

At the University of Rochester, admission to the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering is based on a holistic review process that includes a “test-flexible” philosophy. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures incorporate a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records.

Standardized Tests

The Office of Admissions supervises a holistic review process that incorporates a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records. Because secondary school courses, grading practices, and standards vary, applicants must show additional evidence of preparation through standardized national and international examination results. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures allow for students to demonstrate readiness through a wide variety of tests.

  • For standardized test results to be considered official, they must be submitted either directly from the testing agency (preferred), included on an official secondary school transcript sent directly from the secondary school, or submitted by a school counselor (or designated official) when that counselor has been indicated as the student’s counselor on the application.
  • Only your highest SAT or ACT sub-scores will be considered in our final decision, even if they are from different test dates.
  • Rochester does not require students to take the SAT essay, but encourages students to submit those results if they do take it.

Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit their standardized exam results. In fact, if you have not completed your first year of college, you must submit standardized exam results. But if you have completed more than a year of college-level courses, you may prefer that only your college work be considered.

Test-Flexible Policy

A wide variety of test results can fulfill Rochester’s testing requirement. For Rochester, sending more testing information can only improve your chances for admission to all available degree programs, professional programs, and scholarships.

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • Two or more results from:
    • SAT Subject exams
    • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • AS- and A- Level Exams (in UK and Commonwealth countries) (3–4 exams preferred)
  • Results from many other national secondary exams (see the list below)

For International Baccalaureate (IB), submission of test results should come as a signed and dated letter of predicted IB scores from the IBO coordinator on campus. The more detail included, the more helpful the results are to us.

Admission and scholarship offers based on predicted IB and A-level results may require final results that are a close match for the predicted values.

Rochester, Reading, and Testing

“In trying to see a profile of what you accomplish in testing, readers do not expect every student to be great at every kind of test, but it can be valuable to see that a student has confronted more than one kind of test.”

Jon Burdick, Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

List of Approved Tests

The list below indicates, by country, which examinations will fulfill your standardized testing requirement. The list is not comprehensive and will be updated as new examinations are approved. Please email us with questions regarding examinations that are not included in this list.

Please email Admissions with questions regarding examinations that are not included in this list.


Students may submit their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or Overall Position (OP) positioning and one of the following:

  • Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), or
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)


  • Certificado de Conclusao de Ensino Medio + Vestibular (University Entrance Exam)
  • Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio/Middle Education National Examination (ENEM)


  • Matura


  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination


  • Prueba De Seleccion Universitaria


Costa Rica

  • Bachillerato Nacional


  • Matura


  • Riigieksamitunnistus


  • Baccalauréat


  • Abitur


  • Apolytirion


  • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE)
  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC)
  • Other state examinations may be considered on request


  • National Examination


  • Irish Leaving Certificate


  • Teudat Bagrut


  • College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)



New Zealand

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)


  • Higher Secondary School Certificate Exams

Puerto Rico

  • Prueba de Aptitude Academica (PAA)


  • Baccalaureate


  • Advanced Highers (Highers meet minimum requirements; Advanced Highers is recommended)


  • Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad (Selectividad)


  • Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate


  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT)

United Kingdom (British Curriculum)

  • GCE Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent combination of AS-Level and A-Level examinations Pre U Examinations

West Africa

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination