SAT and ACT Scores
Standardized Test Requirements
Beginning with applicants to the Class of 2023, Tufts requires either the SAT or the ACT. We do not require SAT Subject Tests, the SAT Essay, or the writing section of the ACT; you may submit those scores to Tufts if you choose to sit for these sections, but please note that they are not required and sending them will not increase a student’s likelihood of admission.
Tufts' code for the SAT and SAT II exams, if you choose to send them, is 3901. The code for ACT is 1922.
Where Scores Fit
To gain a sense of each applicant’s academic accomplishments and potential, the admissions committee evaluates four elements of the application:
- Course selection and the rigor of courses selected by the student.
- Grades since the student’s first year of high school (includes Grade 9).
- Level of academic competition in the secondary school setting.
- Standardized test scores.
Standardized tests are only one piece of the puzzle. Standardized testing cut-offs do not exist. To further alleviate test anxiety, the admissions committee looks only at the highest scores achieved on all tests taken.
To ensure that your exams arrive on time, plan to take your standardized testing well before the application deadlines.
These are the latest possible test dates that can be considered for each round:
- Early Decision I: Students may take the October ACT / November SAT
- Early Decision II: Students may take the December ACT / December SAT
- Regular Decision: Students may take the February ACT / December SAT
In these cases, please be sure to send your scores directly to Tufts University through the College Board when you sit for your exam (provided you send the scores directly, there isn’t a need to rush your scores). This will ensure that we receive your scores in time to be considered in your application.
What to Send
The College Board and the ACT allow students to submit or withhold selected scores from colleges. It is Tufts’ longstanding admissions policy to use a student’s highest score for each section of the SAT or the ACT regardless of the test date. Accordingly, Tufts recommends that applicants submit all testing from all test dates. The university will continue to use the highest combination of section scores (from one or multiple test dates) in rendering each admission decision.
Our goal is to keep the admission process as straightforward as possible. Because our database already selects the highest sectional score for inclusion in the application file, we find it is easiest for each student to send all scores.