Stanford Standardized Test Requirements

Instructor: Andrea Losa
Applicants to Stanford University need to take specific standardized tests as part of the application process. Read on to learn more about Stanford's standardized testing requirements and uncover additional resources to aid in your application.

Required Standardized Testing for Stanford Applicants

Stanford University requires applicants to take one of two standardized tests. Students can choose from:

  • The ACT Plus Writing
  • The SAT

Aspiring students need to send in all the score information for the exam they elect to take. Stanford University will consider the highest test scores on each section of the SAT or highest combined ACT scores and English/Writing section scores for application purposes.

ACT and SAT Score Data for Stanford Applicants

In Fall 2014, 75% of students admitted to Stanford who took the SAT received a combined score of at least 2070 while 75% of those who took the ACT received a composite score of 31 or greater. Of admitted students who took the SAT, 25% scored 2360 or greater while 25% of those taking the ACT received a score of 34 or higher.

Suggested Testing for Stanford Applicants

Because admission to Stanford University is highly selective, applicants may consider additional testing options to better demonstrate their academic abilities. Students may take the following exams to help distinguish themselves in the admissions process:

  • SAT Subject Tests
  • AP exams

International students should consider taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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