Frequently asked questions about standardized tests
We accept Score Choice. We will super score within the current SAT and within the redesigned SAT, but will not super score using results from both versions of the test. For the ACT, we consider the highest scores submitted for each section; however, we do not calculate a super scored ACT Composite score.
Test Requirements: Applicants can satisfy our testing requirements in one of two ways: (1) Either the SAT (The essay section of the SAT is optional.) , or (2) the ACT (The writing section of the ACT is optional.).
Test Recommendations: We recommend, but do not require, the submission of two SAT Subject Tests of your choice. Strong Subject Test scores can be a positive piece to include with your application to Brown. The absence of scores will not disadvantage a student, particularly in cases when financial hardship prevents students from registering for the tests, or for those who may have found Brown too late in their college search to register for the Subject Tests. If you are applying to the Program in Liberal Medical Education, we strongly recommend one Subject Test in either biology, chemistry or physics.
English Proficiency: We highly recommend that international applicants take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the 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.
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.
No. Applicants can satisfy our testing requirement in one of two ways: (1) Either the SAT (the essay section of the SAT is optional), or (2) the ACT (the writing section of the ACT is optional). We recommend, but do not require, the submission of two SAT Subject Tests of your choice. If you submit both the SAT and the ACT, we will consider both.
Brown does not have a preference between the SAT and ACT.
If you attend secondary school in the United States, Brown will review your application with either self-reported test scores on the Common Application, or official test scores sent directly to Brown.
If you attend secondary school outside the United States, we ask you to both self-report your test scores on your application and have official test scores sent directly to Brown.
Early Decision admitted students will be required to submit official test scores by February 1. Regular Decision admitted students who choose to enroll at Brown will be required to submit official test scores by June 1.
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
We will accept scores as official scores if they are included on the high school transcript or if a certified score report is provided by the guidance counselor. The guidance counselor should provide a cover letter to ensure that the scores are added to the applicant's file.
Early Decision applicants should complete all required testing by the October test date. All applicants should have a complete set of test scores submitted prior to the November 1 deadline. You may also submit additional test scores from the November administration of the SAT; however, we cannot guarantee that these test scores will be received in time to be reviewed with your application.
Regular Decision applicants should complete all required testing by the December test date. All applicants should have a complete set of test scores submitted prior to the January 5 deadline.
You do not need to rush your test scores. Please have them sent directly to us by the administering body. Please be sure that, before your testing date arrives, you have selected Brown as one of the colleges to receive your scores.