In response to COVID-19
In a typical year, Stanford requires just one exam—either the ACT or the SAT. The Writing/Essay section is not required. In light of challenges related to COVID-19, Stanford is test optional for the 2023–24 application cycle. Our testing policy for future years has not yet been determined.
Standardized testing is one of the application requirements that can highlight academic preparedness.
At Stanford, we review applications holistically, meaning every component of the application is valuable to us as we get to know each student. There are no minimum test scores required to be admitted to Stanford, and there is no score that guarantees admission.
ACT or SAT scores are not required for full consideration at Stanford for first-year and transfer students applying in 2023–24. Applications without ACT or SAT test scores will not be at a disadvantage. In our 2020–2023 admission cycles, we admitted students who submitted ACT or SAT scores, and we admitted students who did not.
Reporting Test Scores
If you choose to submit ACT/SAT test scores as part of your application, we recommend that you simply self-report your highest scores in the testing section of the application. You can also have official scores sent to Stanford, but this is not required for us to review your application. We will review applications using either self-reported or official scores. If you would like to have official scores sent, please use the following codes:
SAT PROFILE/TOEFL Code number: 4704
- ACT Code number: 0434
If you are offered admission and choose to enroll, official scores will be required. In order for test scores to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the College Board or the ACT.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you feel that your scores are a positive reflection of your academic preparedness, then you are welcome to self-report them.
Your application will not be at a disadvantage if you do not report your scores.
In your application, you will have the opportunity to let us know whether you have submitted or will be submitting ACT or SAT scores.
If you would like to change your response, please log into your Stanford portal for instructions on how to make this change.
The deadline to change your response about submitting or not submitting ACT or SAT test scores is November 11 (REA), January 15 (RD), and April 1 (Transfer).
However, please know we review application files when they are complete, and we cannot guarantee that we will review your application with the change if it is made after the application deadlines: November 1 (REA), January 5 (RD), or March 15 (Transfer).
Last Acceptable ACT Test Date: December
Last Acceptable SAT Test Date: February
We recommend students take the ACT or SAT well in advance of 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.
If you indicated in your application that you intend to submit ACT or SAT scores and your most recent test results arrive after you submit your application, you can self-report these scores by logging in to your Stanford portal and filling out the Self-Report Test Scores form.
We want you to have the best test representation possible, so we will review your results according to the following rubric:
For the ACT, we will review all subscores and focus on the highest Composite from all sittings.
For the SAT, we will superscore, focusing on the highest individual Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores from all test sittings.
For the SAT, you may have taken a sitting with the essay and a separate sitting without the essay. We will superscore your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores across these two versions of the exam.
No; the College Board discontinued SAT Subject Tests in June 2021. If you took a subject test prior to this time, you are welcome to self-report your results in your application. If you have taken a subject test more than once, you may report your highest score.
Similarly, if you have taken Advanced Placement exams, you are welcome to self-report your scores in the application.
Though we do not require the writing/essay section of the ACT or SAT, if you took the exam with writing/essay, we request that you be honest and transparent and report your score as required by the application and as a section integral to the sitting of the exam you took. You challenged yourself by taking the writing/essay section, and we will recognize and honor this effort, while our consideration will be of your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores.