Frequently asked questions about standardized tests
We accept Score Choice. We will super score within the SAT.
For first-year applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle, Brown is now test optional. This change is for the 2020-21 academic year only. More updates and information on standardized testing can be found here.
Test Recommendations: Beginning with the Class of 2025, Brown will no longer recommend the submission of SAT Subject Tests. If submitted, Subject Tests will be considered as part of your application, but students who have not taken the Subject Tests will be at no disadvantage in Brown’s admission process.
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 2020-2021, 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.
Since Brown is test optional for first year applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle, test scores are not a required component of the first-year application this year. 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.
No. 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 submit either self-reported test scores through the Common Application or uploaded 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
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.