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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, including standardized tests. 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 test-flexible policy.

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. Testing that will fulfill our application requirement includes any of the following exams:

  • SAT Reasoning; no essay required (Use code 2928)
  • ACT; no essay required (Use code 2980)
  • 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 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.

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

Submitting Standardized Tests

  • Student Self-Reported – For admission review, the University of Rochester will accept scores from the SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Test, ACT or completed AP examinations that you report on your application. We are not able to accept student self-reported test scores via email, phone or postal mail. If you earn admission based on records including self-reported scores, our office will require you to submit the official test scores shortly after submitting your enrollment deposit and prior to your arrival on campus. Any significant discrepancies between the actual scores and the self-reported values may jeopardize a student’s place in the incoming class.
  • Projected Scores – The University of Rochester will also accept some projected exam scores (e.g., IB, A-Levels) from school officials. Please note that the school official must affix a signature verifying that they are providing a reasonable and accurate estimate of scores that the applicant is expected to earn at some future date less than one calendar year away. The more detail included, the more helpful the projected results can be. If you earn admission based on records including projected scores, our office will require you to submit the official test scores shortly after submitting your enrollment deposit and prior to your arrival on campus. Any significant discrepancies between the actual scores and the predicted values may jeopardize a student’s place in the incoming class.

Additional Information on Testing

  • We super score testing, meaning we use your highest SAT or ACT sub-scores in our final decision, even if they are from different test dates. However, we do not combine SAT and ACT for a hybrid super score.
  • Enrolling students will need to submit official test scores that mirror their self-reported and/or projected (if used for review); scores 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/official has been indicated as the student’s counselor on the application.

SAT/ACT Testing Timeline

Our testing timeline is below, if you are deferred from Early Decision to Regular Decision, the dates for Regular Decision will apply.

Application Plan              Latest Testing (SAT)                        Latest Testing (ACT)

Early Decision I                  November 16, 2018                         October 28, 2018

Regular Decision               December 14, 2018                         December 9, 2018

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)
  • Matura
  • Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts (German)
  • Certificat d’enseignement secondaire supérieur (CESS) (French)
  • Diploma van secundair onderwijs (Flemish)
  • Certificado de Conclusao de Ensino Medio + Vestibular (University Entrance Exam)
  • Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio/Middle Education National Examination (ENEM)
  • General Certificate Exam (GCE) Advanced Levels
  • Matura
  • Canadian Provincial Secondary School qualifications
  • General Certificate Exam (GCE) Advanced Levels
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination
  • Prueba De Seleccion Universitaria
  • Bachillerato Nacional
  • Matura
  • Apolytirion
  • Maturitní zkouška (Maturity Certificate)
  • Studentereksamen (Upper Secondary School Leaving Exam) (STX)
  • Hǿjere Forberedelseseksamen (Higher Preparatory Exam) (HF)
  • Riigieksamitunnistus
  • European Baccalaureate (EB)
  • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus (Matriculation Examination Certificate)
  • Baccalauréat
  • Abitur
  • Apolytirion
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Certificate
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Érettségi vizsga (Maturity Certificate)
  • 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
  • Diploma Di Esame Di Stato (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Teudat Bagrut
  • 대학수학능력시험 (College Scholastic Ability Test: CSAT)
  • Testi i Maturës Shtetërore (State Matura Test)
  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)
  • Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
  • Matura
  • Diplôme de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires
  • Државна матура (State Matura)
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM/Malaysian Higher School Certificate)
  • General Certificate Exam (GCE) Advanced Levels
  • Advanced Level Matriculation Certificate
  • Cambridge Overseas High School Certificate
  • Secondary School Leaving Diploma
  • CENEVAL EXANI II
  • French Baccalauréat
  • Option Internationale du Baccalauréat
  • Cambridge Overseas High School Certificate
  • Staatsexamen VWO
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
  • Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
  • Higher Secondary School Certificate Exams
  • Egzamin maturalny (Matura)
  • Prueba de Aptitude Academica (PAA)
  • Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Highers (Highers meet minimum requirements; Advanced Highers is recommended)
  • Matura
  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate Exam (GCE) Advanced Levels
  • Slovakian Maturitńa Skúška (Maturita)
  • Splošna Matura
  • Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad (Selectividad)
  • General Certificate Exam (GCE) Advanced Levels
  • Avgangsbetyg
  • Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate
  • Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)
  • Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT)
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)
  • GCE Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent combination of AS-Level and A-Level examinations Pre U Examinations
  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination
  • ZIMSEC ‘A’ Level Examination
  • Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)