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. We encourage you 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 SAT Test?

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

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

No, Carnegie Mellon no longer requires the Writing section of the ACT.

If I took the old SAT Reasoning Test previously and I'm also taking the SAT Test, which scores should I send to Carnegie Mellon?

Applicants are required to submit all official results of either the old SAT Reasoning Test or the 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 historically "superscored" results from the old SAT Reasoning Test. If you've taken the old SAT Reasoning Test more than once then we'll continue to superscore old SAT Reasoning Test results. At this time, we also plan to superscore results from the SAT Test. Unfortunately, we won't be able to superscore results from the retired SAT Reasoning Test with results from the SAT Test. Historically, we haven't 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 SAT Test.

How do you recommend that I prepare for the 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.