Standardized Testing Policy
Bryn Mawr recognizes that standardized testing may not be the best indicator of student success in college, so we give students the option to submit their testing scores as part of their application. Bryn Mawr accepts both SAT and ACT standardized test scores. Bryn Mawr is interested in your best achievement, so we consider the highest section scores submitted, irrespective of the test date.
Bryn Mawr College’s Office of Admissions conducts a holistic review of our applicants and recognize that standardized test scores may not fully reflect academic preparedness or potential. Therefore, students may take advantage of the College’s test-optional policy by not providing SAT or ACT scores with their application for admission.
Please note: this test-optional policy does not apply to English Proficiency Tests. International students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. The minimum score required for consideration is 100 on the TOEFL, 7 on the IELTS and 130 on Duolingo. Other test results cannot replace these English proficiency tests without special permission from the College. Note: Students whose first language is English or whose primary language of instruction has been English during their four years of high school may have the English proficiency test requirement waived.
If you have opted to take the ACT or SAT, we request that you submit the test scores by June 1 if you are admitted and enroll. Test scores are not reviewed by the Office of Admissions and will not affect the strength of your application, but will be used solely for academic advising and placement.
In exceptional circumstances, standardized tests may not be offered in a particular country or region. Please contact the Admissions Office directly to discuss alternatives.
The Admissions Office prefers official scores be sent from testing agencies such as the College Board (Bryn Mawr code: 2049) or the ACT (Bryn Mawr code: 3526). If a student is not able to submit official scores, the Office of Admissions will accept self-reported exam scores (except TOEFL, IELTS and IB) for all applicants. All admitted students will be required to submit an official copy of their exam scores if they enroll. Early Decision students must submit scores by March 1. Regular Decision students must submit scores by June 1.