Frequently asked questions about standardized tests
We accept Score Choice. We will super score within the SAT.
For first-year applicants in the 2021-2022 admission cycle, Brown is now test optional. This change is for the 2021-2022 academic year only. More updates and information can be found on our Standardized Tests webpage.
English Proficiency: We highly recommend that international applicants take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and arrange for Brown to receive the official results. A TOEFL score of 100 or above on the internet-based exam or 600 or above on the paper-based exam or a score of 8.0 or above on the IELTS, is expected in most cases. As your safety is our first concern, we do not expect you to sit for any of these examinations in person. For 2021-2022, we will accept the results of Duolingo examination, as well as the results of the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition or the TOEFL ITP Plus for China.
Technically speaking, standardized test scores do not expire, though those that are from more recent exams tend to be most representative of you as a student at the time of your application. If you have an older SAT or ACT that you would like to submit, you are welcome to self-report your score through the Common Application, regardless of the year in which you completed the test. Please note that this year, Brown is test-optional for first year students in the 2021-22 admission cycle. More information about our testing policies this year can be found here.
Since Brown will be test optional for first year applicants in the 2021-2022 admission cycle, test scores will not be a required component of the first-year application. If you would like to include test scores for review in your application and are applying Early Decision, testing must be completed by October to ensure receipt of scores. If you are applying Regular Decision, testing must be completed by December to ensure receipt of scores.
There are no minimum standardized test requirements, and we review all applications regardless of any test scores provided. While we do receive many applications from students with high test scores, we consider standardized test scores in the context of all the other information we have about a candidate. Test scores are one way to demonstrate academic potential, but applicants may show their preparedness for the rigors of Brown in a variety of ways.
We look at your test scores along with other information about your academic promise as we read your complete application. We do not attempt to assess test results in a formulaic way. If you have taken tests more than once, we concentrate on your highest scores. For the two components of the SAT we focus on your best scores, regardless of the date you took the test. We do not calculate averages, nor do we look at the sum total of the components.
If you have test scores to report, please either self-report your scores through the Common Application, upload them via your Brown Applicant Portal or have official test scores sent directly to Brown.
To have scores sent to Brown, you will need to provide our institutional code numbers:
- For the SAT, Brown's code number is 3094
- For the ACT, Brown's code number is 3800
- For the TOEFL, Brown's code number is 3094
Only testing that is reported by the applicant, either through self-reporting or official score reports, will be included in our review of your application. We will not consider test scores included on transcripts unless you direct us to do so.