First-year applicants: Tests & scores.How we use test scores

First-year applicants: Tests & scores.How we use test scores

Standardized tests are expected for anyone applying as a first-year student to MIT. However, they are not the only factor, as well as the most essential aspect.

When we receive your application, we review all of your academic information—grades, scores, classes, etc.—to ensure that you will be prepared for MIT. In part because of the strength of our applicant pool, nearly all our applicants are particularly well ready to succeed at MIT.

This implies that you ought ton’t stress out too much regarding your scores, because we admit people, not numbers. With that said, tests are certainly important, and you should prepare for them as best you can.

Testing requirements

Standardized test requirements: 2019–2020 and beyond

All applicants must complete one test from each category.

1. Standardized Test
2. Math SAT test that is subject
3. Science SAT Subject Test
For native English speakers:

We require the SAT or even the ACT. In addition, we require two SAT tests that are subject one in math (level 1 or 2), and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). We don’t have a preference as to which science test you take or which math level you are taking.

For non-native English speakers:

You have got two options:

  1. Use the tests required for native English speakers (see above)
  2. Take the TOEFL and two SAT tests that are subject one essay writing in math (level a few) and something in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m)

That you take the TOEFL, although it is not required if you have been using English for less than five years or do not speak English at home or at school, we strongly suggest.

On writing

While MIT will likely not require the ACT writing section or SAT optional essay, MIT does value writing and communication highly.

MIT believes that students in virtually any field should learn how to write prose that is clear, organized, and eloquent, and to convincingly facts that are present data, and ideas. As such, all MIT undergraduates must fulfill a communication requirement that integrates instruction and practice on paper and speaking into all four years and across all parts of MIT’s undergraduate program.


We will consider the highest score achieved in each section if you take the same test (SAT, ACT, or an SAT Subject Test) multiple times. We try this in order to consider all applicants within their light that is best.

Students are absolve to utilize the College Board’s Score Choice option and the ACT’s solution to submit the scores of your choice as well.

Please note:

Starting in August 2019, TOEFL is making a change to add superscores or “MyBest Scores” on all score reports. We shall accept and examine these scores the way that is same consider superscores for several other tests.

Testing deadlines and reporting scores

To be able to make an application for first-year admission, you have to use the required tests on or prior to the November test date for Early Action or perhaps the December test date for Regular Action. We are going to also accept scores that are TOEFL Regular Action applicants through the January test dates. They are the latest scores which will reach the Admissions Committee in time for review.

Your scores should be reported to us officially from the testing agency; scores you list in your application and scores appearing in your school transcript shall never be considered official.

Please allow enough time for the scores to reach at MIT. Keep in mind for us to receive SAT scores that it takes at least four to six weeks. We advice you take the test that you list MIT as a school to receive your scores when.

In time for our review if you are an Early Action applicant and you take the November test, you must list MIT as a school to receive your scores or we will not receive them.

It is necessary as you have indicated on your application or MyMIT account that you register for tests with the same name. Your record and test scores will not be linked inside our system in the event that true names do not match.

Registration information:

When to take which tests

Obviously, it is vital that students take all tests on or before the deadlines. Beyond that, however, choose your test dates wisely! For instance, if you should be completing senior school physics, chemistry, or biology before your senior year, it is very a good idea to use the appropriate SAT Subject Tests right afterwards (usually May or June), while the material is fresh in your mind.

Many applicants do take at least one science subject test during senior year, after completing only a percentage of this given course. Our admissions committee recognizes this and judges the scores accordingly. In most cases however, it is better to take a subject exam once you’ve completed a whole course.

The content of one’s math courses should determine whether you take the Level 1 or even the Level 2 Math test (we have no preference involving the two). Before you choose the dates for almost any of one’s tests, particularly math, make sure to get advice from your school counselor as well as your teachers.

Competitive scores

We do not have take off or recommended scores when it comes to ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests as scores are evaluated within an applicant’s context. To view test score statistics through the most recent admissions year, visit our admissions statistics page.

We do have minimum and recommended scores for the TOEFL. These minimums are in destination to make fully sure your level of English proficiency. All students must show that they will thrive in our community because MIT offers no English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and English is the language of MIT.

The minimum composite score is a 90 for the TOEFL Internet-Based Test ( iBT. We recommend scores with a minimum of 23 for each section, and a score that is composite of least 100. Similarly, for the TOEFL revised Paper-Delivered Test (rPDT), we recommend scores with a minimum of 23 for every single section.

At MIT Admissions, we recruit and enroll a talented and diverse class of undergraduates who will figure out how to use science, technology, along with other aspects of scholarship to serve the world while the world when you look at the century that is 21st.

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