First-year applicants: Tests & scores.How we use test scores

First-year applicants: Tests & scores.How we use test scores

Standardized tests are expected for anybody applying as a first-year student to MIT. However, they are not really the only factor, and even the absolute most factor that is important.

Once we receive your application, we review your entire academic information—grades, scores, classes, etc.—to ensure you are prepared for MIT. The majority of our applicants are very well prepared to succeed at MIT in part because of the strength of our applicant pool.

What this means is because we admit people, not numbers that you shouldn’t stress out too much about your scores. With that in mind, tests are certainly important, and you ought to prepare you can for them as best.

Testing requirements

Standardized test requirements: 2019–2020 and beyond

All applicants must complete one test from each category.

1. Standardized Test
2. Math SAT test that is subject
3. Science SAT Subject Test
For native English speakers:

We require the SAT or perhaps the ACT. In addition, we require two SAT tests that are subject one in math (level 1 or 2), plus one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). We do not have a preference as to which science test you are taking or which math level you take.

For non-native English speakers:

You have two options:

  1. Make the tests needed for native English speakers (see above)
  2. Take the TOEFL and two SAT Subject Tests, one out of math (level one or two) and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m)

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