Standardized Testing Policy
Applicants are required to submit scores for any one of the three following testing scenarios:
1.) The SAT and any two SAT Subject Tests;
2.) The ACT with writing;
3.) The SAT and the ACT (with or without writing).
Prospective engineers, regardless of whether they opt for the SAT or ACT, are encouraged to take the Math Level 2 SAT Subject Test.
Swarthmore highly recommends that all official testing should be complete and an official test score report requested by the application deadline of your choice. This will ensure that your official results arrive in our office in a timely fashion.
Fall Early Decision: Testing should be completed by early November
Winter Early Decision: Testing should be completed by mid-December
Regular Decision: Testing should be completed by early February
Swarthmore College superscores your SAT results. That is, we only consider the highest section scores across all SAT test dates that you submit. We strongly encourage you to submit scores each time you take the SAT. However, Swarthmore College is an SAT Score Choice institution, and you do not need to send us all of your scores.
Swarthmore College considers the highest composite ACT score you submit from a single test administration.
While we value the writing components of the SAT and ACT, we do not read the timed essays. We feel that the essays students write on the Common Application and Swarthmore supplement tell the admissions committee much more about a person and his or her possible fit within our community.
TOEFL or IELTS is strongly encouraged for non-U.S. citizens whose first language is not English.
Please use your full legal names on all College Board and TOEFL tests.