New SAT and Changes to Admission Policy

Beginning in the spring of 2016, applicants to Carnegie Mellon will be responsible for taking a redesigned form of the SAT Test. While these changes may seem confusing at first, we would encourage you to continue to access up to date information about the redesigned SAT Test at the College Board website as we strive to provide clear information about our admission policy. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions section below for more information.

Does Carnegie Mellon require the Optional Essay section on the new SAT Test?

No. Carnegie Mellon does not require students to submit the Optional Essay as part of the new SAT Test.

Does Carnegie Mellon require the Writing section of the ACT Test?

For those students applying for freshman admission in the fall of 2017, Carnegie Mellon will no longer require the Writing section of the ACT.

If I took the SAT Reasoning Test previously and I will also take the new SAT Test, which scores should I send to Carnegie Mellon?

Applicants are required to submit all official results of either the SAT Reasoning Test or the new SAT Test. While we're interested in the general pattern of your scores, we give most weight to the highest score you've received on any of the exams. We aren't looking to disadvantage test takers in this process and will use whatever score result gives you the greatest benefit in the admission process.

Will Carnegie Mellon create a “superscore?"

Carnegie Mellon has historically "superscored" results from the recently retired SAT Reasoning Test. If you have taken the SAT Reasoning Test more than once then we will continue to superscore SAT Reasoning Test results. At this time, we also plan to superscore results from the new SAT Test. Unfortunately, we will not be able to superscore results from the retired SAT Reasoning Test with results from the new SAT Test. Historically, we have not superscored ACT Test results and that will remain true going forward.


The College Board has also produced a SAT Score Converter that test takers can use to compare results from the old SAT Reasoning Test and the new SAT Test.

How do you recommend that I prepare for the new SAT Test?

The College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy to offer free official SAT Practice. You can find more information about these resources at this website.