SAT or ACT?
The University of Washington accepts the SAT and ACT equally. There is absolutely no advantage in submitting one test over the other. If an applicant submits scores from both tests, national concordance tables determine which scores are relatively higher.
Superscoring refers to the practice of taking the student's best section scores across all exam sittings to combine for the best overall score. The UW will begin superscoring with applications for 2017. Superscoring does not include the Writing score, which is not considered in the admission decision.
Old and New SAT
We will superscore among a student’s old sittings (pre-March 2016) and — separately — among a student’s new SAT sittings (March 2016 and after). However, we will not superscore between new and old versions of the test because the exams are not constructed the same way.
What about the optional essay?
The UW does not require the essay portion of the ACT or the redesigned SAT. You are welcome to provide scores that include the essay, knowing that we will not let a low essay score disadvantage you in the admission process in any way. We will store the result, however, and we may use it in research that helps us understand the possible future value of the essay score.
How to submit scores
The UW requires that students submit all test scores from SAT and ACT.
Test scores are valid and will be considered official only if they are sent directly from the testing agency to the UW. Scores coming from a source other than the testing agency, such as your high school, are not official.
- Students unable to provide test scores may include, along with the rest of their application file, a petition to be considered for admission without scores.
How to request scores
The easiest way is to request that the UW receive scores at the time you register for the test. After you’ve taken the test, you may still request that scores be sent.
When to submit scores
Applicants for summer or autumn 2017
You are required to have official test scores sent directly to the UW from the testing agency no later than December 31, 2016. The December SAT or ACT are the last ones the UW will accept.
Putting tests in perspective
We in the Office of Admissions caution students and their families against placing too much emphasis on standardized tests. Taking either test more than twice is probably a waste of time and money— as well as a source of unnecessary stress.
For more information about the factors considered in freshman admission, consult Freshman Review.