SAT/ACT scores

The University of Washington has removed the requirement of standardized test scores, such as the SAT and ACT, for incoming students. Read the June 11, 2020 announcement for more information.


Superscoring refers to the practice of taking a student’s best section scores across all exam sittings to combine for the best overall score. The UW does superscore. Superscoring does not include the Writing score, which is not considered in the admission decision.

Old and new SAT

The UW 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 request scores

The easiest way to request that the UW receive your SAT or ACT scores is at the time you register for the test. However, you may still request that scores be sent to the UW after you’ve taken the test.

  • SAT
    The UW’s institutional code 4854
  • ACT
    The UW’s institutional code 4484

International applicants

SAT or ACT scores are optional for international applicants. However, the UW will consider qualifying SAT or ACT scores an an English proficiency alternative.