Standardized Testing Policy
Applicants to the Swarthmore College Class of 2020 and beyond
Applicants are required to submit either the SAT or the ACT. We do not require the optional Essay section of the SAT or the optional Writing section of the ACT. If submitted, scores from those sections will not be considered in our application review.
Subject Tests are not required for admission, but will be considered if submitted. Prospective engineers are encouraged to submit the Math 2 Subject Test.
Scores from the old and the new SAT will be accepted for students applying to enter in the Fall of 2017. Equal consideration will be given to scores from either version of the test.
TOEFL or IELTS is strongly encouraged for non-US citizens whose native language is not English and/or who are studying in non-English language curriculums.
Submitting Test Scores
Students should submit scores to Swarthmore College directly from the testing agency. If sending official scores poses a financial hardship, please contact our office. Our testing codes are 2821 (College Board), 3722 (ACT), and 2821 (TOEFL).
To ensure standardized testing records are matched with an application for admission, students are encouraged to use their full legal name when registering for tests and when submitting an application.
Swarthmore College superscores your SAT results. That is, we only consider the highest section scores submitted from multiple SAT test dates. Similarly, we only consider the highest section scores submitted from multiple ACT test dates, and the highest ACT composite score submitted.
Swarthmore College allows students to use Score Choice, a College Board option to submit select test scores. We also allow ACT test takers to submit scores from the dates of their choosing. We do not require students to submit all test scores to the College.
Fall Early Decision Application Deadline: November 15
All testing should be complete by early November, and scores received in our office by late November.
Winter Early Decision Application Deadline: January 1
All testing should be complete by mid-December, and scores received in our office by mid-January.
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1
All testing should be complete by early February, and scores received in our office by mid/late February. We strongly encourage all applicants to complete testing by mid-December to ensure receipt in our office in time for consideration.