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Standardized Test Requirements & Policies

Applicants are required to submit all official results of either the SAT Reasoning Test/new SAT Test or the ACT Test and those SAT Subject Test results required for the academic program you are applying to. 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 (View our standardized test averages here). 


We’ve outlined our standardized test requirements, as well as our policies regarding placement or credit for college-level work below.

SAT Reasoning Test, new SAT Test, ACT Test, SAT Subject Tests

Carnegie Mellon requires either the SAT Reasoning Test, the new SAT Test, or the ACT Test from every applicant. We also require Subject Tests from most applicants - please see our Subject Test requirements by college/school below.


Carnegie Mellon would prefer that applicants take these required tests in their junior or senior year. Test results from the junior and senior year are the best indicators of a student's current ability and potential for immediate success at Carnegie Mellon.


The Carnegie Mellon ACT code is 3534.


College of Engineering


Two SAT Subject Tests:

Math Level II
Physics or Chemistry


CFA: College of Fine Arts


School of Architecture
Two SAT Subject Tests:

Math Level I or II

Physics or Chemistry


School of Art, School of Design, School of Drama, School of Music

No subject tests are required


DC: Dietrich College of the Humanities and Social Sciences


Two SAT Subject Tests:

Math Level I or II
One additional test*


IS: Information Systems

Two SAT Subject Tests:
Math Level I or II
One additional test*


MCS: Mellon College of Science


Two SAT Subject Tests:

Math Level II
Physics, Chemistry or Biology


SCS: School of Computer Science


Two SAT Subject Tests:

Math Level II
Physics, Chemistry or Biology


Tepper School of Business


Two SAT Subject Tests:

Math Level II
Any second test but preferably a science*


*If your native language is not English, a Subject Test in your native language (like Korean or French Language) does not meet our requirements.

New SAT Test and changes to testing requirements

Beginning in the spring of 2016, applicants will be responsible for taking a redesigned form of the SAT Test. While these changes may seem confusing at first, we'd 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. The most important change to note at Carnegie Mellon is that we won't require either the Optional Essay of the new SAT Test or the Writing section of the ACT Test. 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.

For more information about changes to admission policy due to standardized test changes, please review this website.

TOEFL/IELTS

We require the TOEFL or IELTS from all non-English speakers. We require a TOEFL score of 102 or better or an IELTS score of 7.5 and above. Please plan on taking the TOEFL or IELTS no later than December of your senior year.

Make sure that the name you use for test registration is identical to your name listed on your passport and in your admissions application.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Carnegie Mellon may grant advanced placement and credit for scores of four and five on exams taken in the CEEB Advanced Placement program. Send your AP scores to the Office of Admission in early summer and the appropriate academic dean will evaluate your scores and let you know if AP credit was awarded. View the AP and IB exams with the corresponding scores and credit usually awarded.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Carnegie Mellon also recognizes the International Baccalaureate Examinations. We may grant advanced standing and/or credit in various fields for scores of six or seven on the higher level exams. Send the results of the IB exams to the Office of Admission in early summer and the appropriate academic dean will evaluate your scores and let you know if credit was awarded. View the AP and IB exams with the corresponding scores and credit usually awarded.

College courses in high school

We may grant placement or credit for college work you’ve completed in high school. Have your college transcript(s) sent to the Office of Admission for transfer credit and advanced placement evaluation. Please also send course descriptions for each course we’re to evaluate.

As a safeguard for engineering and science students for whom calculus credit is granted, who may feel uncomfortable with the material, you may move into a lower level course in the sequence and we’ll adjust your credit.

Cambridge General Certificate of Education

Carnegie Mellon recognizes the Cambridge GCE A-Level (advanced level) examinations in various higher-level subjects and may grant advanced placement and/or credit for exemplary grades. View the Cambridge exams with the corresponding scores and credit usually awarded.

Please note that we do not accept GCE "O" level examinations for placement.

Review our application plans and deadlines to decide which is the best fit for you.