Frequently asked questions about standardized tests
We do accept Score Choice, and will superscore within both the SAT and ACT.
For all applicants in the 2023-2024 admission cycle, Brown will maintain a test-optional policy. More updates and information can be found on our Standardized Tests webpage.
We highly recommend that international applicants for whom English is not a first language or a primary language spoken at home submit the results of an English proficiency test. At this time, we accept results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Duolingo English Test. We will also accept the TOEFL IBT Home Edition. Please arrange for Brown to receive the official results. A minimum score of 105 on the TOEFL internet-based exam, a minimum score of 8.0 on the IELTS, or a minimum score of 130 on the Duolingo is expected in most cases. We do not currently accept the IELTS Indicator Examination.
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 Brown is test-optional for all applicants in the 2023-2024 admission cycle. More information about our testing policies this year can be found here.
Since Brown is test optional for all applicants in the 2023-2024 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 the last October test date to ensure receipt of scores. If you are applying Regular Decision, testing must be completed by the last December test date 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.
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.