Freshman Application Requirements


Standardized testing is one way to highlight academic preparedness, along with the many other application requirements that also inform academic strength. There are no minimum test scores required to be admitted to Stanford, and there is no score that guarantees admission. At Stanford, we review applications holistically, meaning every component of the application is valuable to us as we get to know each student.

For the application process, we require test scores from either the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay. If you take the ACT, the writing section is required. If you take the SAT, the essay section is required. Test scores without writing/essay will not complete the testing requirement for the application.

  • Please note: Stanford will accept scores from both the old SAT (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing required) and the new SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing, Math, and Essay required).

Official and Self-Reported Scores

All scores from all high school sittings of either the ACT or SAT (or both if you took both) are required. Stanford will review applications from students attending U.S. high schools using either official or self-reported ACT with Writing or SAT with Essay scores. Official score reports are not required unless the student is admitted and chooses to enroll. Please self-report your highest scores in the Testing section of either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. If you have taken the test more than once, first enter your highest scores in the Testing section. Then use the Additional Information section to report the rest of your scores or send your student score report(s) as an email attachment to All official scores will be required if you are offered admission and choose to enroll.

Students graduating from a high school outside the U.S. and transfer applicants are required to send an official score report at the time of application. In order to be considered official, scores must be sent to Stanford directly from the testing agency or reported on a transcript.

Test Codes

SAT/PROFILE/TOEFLCode number: 4704

ACT Code number:0434

Testing Outside the U.S.

Many students ask about test substitutions, and while we do not accept alternate exam scores in lieu of either the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay, we do provide guidelines for testing exemptions for international students who may be unable to access a testing site.

Superscoring Test Results

We want you to have the best test representation possible, and we will superscore your results according to the following rubric: For the SAT, we will focus on the highest individual Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and Essay scores from all test sittings. For SAT exams taken prior to March 2016, we will focus on the highest Critical Reading, Math and Writing scores. Because we are not able to superscore across the two exams, we will superscore results within the old and new SAT exams separately. For the ACT, we will review all subscores and will focus on the highest Composite and the highest English and writing scores from all test sittings.

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are optional. Because SAT Subject Test scores can highlight your areas of strength, we welcome the self-reporting of these results in your application.

Deadlines for Testing

We recommend students take the required tests well in advance of the application deadlines. It is unlikely that scores from tests taken after the deadlines will arrive in time for review. We cannot delay the review of an application in anticipation of scores that will arrive after the deadline nor can we guarantee that late scores will be reviewed. Please refer to our application and testing deadline chart for the last acceptable ACT with Writing and SAT with Essay exam dates.

Please note: Stanford reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if an applicant's self-reported test scores do not align with those in the official score report.

Updated on November 1, 2017 7:45 AM