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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.

Australia

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)

Brazil

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

Bulgaria

  • Matura

Caribbean

  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination

Chile

  • Prueba De Seleccion Universitaria

China

Costa Rica

  • Bachillerato Nacional

Croatia

  • Matura

Estonia

  • Riigieksamitunnistus

France

  • Baccalauréat

Germany

  • Abitur

Greece

  • Apolytirion

India

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

Indonesia

  • National Examination

Ireland

  • Irish Leaving Certificate

Israel

  • Teudat Bagrut

Korea

  • College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)

Mexico

  • CENEVAL EXANI II

New Zealand

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

Pakistan

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate Exams

Puerto Rico

  • Prueba de Aptitude Academica (PAA)

Romania

  • Baccalaureate

Scotland

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

Spain

  • Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad (Selectividad)

Switzerland

  • Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate

Taiwan

  • 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