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.
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.
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.
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.