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.

As an SAT Score Choice institution, Swarthmore College considers your highest section scores across all SAT test dates that you submit. Only your highest section scores will be considered as part of the final admissions decision. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new high scores. We strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT.

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.