U.S. freshman students
Scores from SAT or ACT are required for admission and must come directly from the testing agency.
The Seattle campus of the University of Washington recommends but does not require that applicants include the writing portion of either of these exams.
- SAT Essay option, beginning with March 2016 exam
- ACT Writing Test option
If you wish to take the writing portion, you need to include it when you register for the exam.
All test scores from ACT and SAT are considered.
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. We recommend that students submit all test scores from SAT and ACT. If an applicant submits scores from both tests, national concordance tables determine which scores are relatively higher.
SAT Score Choice policy
The University of Washington requests that students submit scores from all SAT exams.
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.
How to submit scores
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 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
If you are from a native English-speaking country, you are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores, because 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 University’s English proficiency requirement. Although the SAT and ACT are not required for international student applicants, the UW 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 (old), SAT Reading score of 30 (new) 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 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.
UW’s Institutional Code 4854
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