Optional Exams: SAT and ACT

The SAT and ACT exams are not required for international students. If you have taken either exam, however, we encourage you to submit scores as additional evidence of your academic performance.

Optional test scores for international students

The SAT and ACT exams are not required for international students. If you have taken either exam, however, we encourage you to submit scores as additional evidence of your academic performance. If you are from a native English-speaking country, you are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores since English proficiency scores are not required for you. SAT or ACT scores can have a positive impact on the review of your application.

Use of SAT or ACT scores to meet the UW’s English proficiency requirement

Although the SAT and ACT are not required for international student applicants, the University will consider the English proficiency requirement satisfied if you have achieved academic success in English writing or literature courses and have a minimum SAT critical reading score of 550 or an ACT English score of 22. Official SAT or ACT scores must be sent directly from the testing organization. School copies or student copies will not be accepted to satisfy this requirement.

Superscoring

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.

SAT

 UW’s Institutional Code 4854

ACT

UW’s Institutional Code 4484