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Standardized Testing Policy

Your standardized test scores are just one part of your application. We know that a standardized test may not be the best measure of your curiosity about the world, how hard you work to learn something difficult, or your ability to bring together people with vastly different points of view. At Swarthmore, we practice holistic and contextual admissions. This means that while we consider how you do on these tests—and hope you prepare for them the best you can—we do not make admissions decisions based on just one factor like a test score. Each piece of your application is important to us, including your standardized test scores, and also: the rigor of your curriculum; your extracurricular involvement and talent; your academic performance; your essays and written expression; your contributions to the classroom and your community; and your recommendation letters.

Required, Recommended, and Optional Tests

We require all applicants to self-report or submit official SAT or ACT scores. We do not require the optional essay section of the SAT or the optional writing section of the ACT. If you provide scores from those sections, they will not be considered in our application review. 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.

We do not require SAT Subject Tests, but we will consider these scores if you provide them. If you have indicated an interest in our engineering program, you are encouraged to provide the Math 2 Subject Test.

If the majority of your education has been taught in a non-English language curricula, we strongly encourage you to provide results from the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test.

Submitting Test Scores

​Self-Reporting Scores

  • You may self-report your standardized test scores on your application for admission. In addition, you may self-report or update your standardized test scores via a link in your applicant portal, which is available after you submit your application for admission.  We accept self-reported scores in lieu of official scores for all applicants.

Submitting Official Scores

  • We accept score reports as official when they are sent to our office via email, fax, or postal mail directly from a school counselor, principal or other school official. Or, you may submit official test scores directly from the testing agencies. Our testing codes are 2821 (College Board), 3722 (ACT), and 2821 (TOEFL).  
  • Swarthmore College allows students to use Score Choice, a College Board option to submit select test scores. We also allow you to submit your ACT scores from the dates of your choosing. You are not required to submit all test scores to the College.
  • Students who are admitted and choose to enroll are required to submit official standardized test scores after confirming their intent to matriculate to Swarthmore College. Admissions will verify scores for all enrolling students. Any discrepancy between self-reported and official scores may jeopardize a student’s enrollment at Swarthmore.