Applying to Wesleyan

Standardized Testing

As of May 6, 2014, Wesleyan has adopted a test-optional policy.

New Test-Optional Policy

To take effect during the 2014-15 application cycle and the admission of the Class of 2019 (and transfers entering in Spring and Fall 2015), Wesleyan will not require applicants from US and Canadian schools to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of an application for admission. We believe that students should have the power to decide how best to present themselves to the admission committee and whether—or not—their standardized test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential. For those who elect to submit them, test scores will be reviewed in a holistic manner, in the context of other application materials and indicators of ability and promise. At Wesleyan we know the best predictor of success in college is a student’s academic record, the track record of day-to-day work in the classroom; the school transcript continues to be the primary focus of our application review, with or without standardized test scores.

Score Suppression or Choice

Applicants have the option to select some score types and not others and will indicate on the Common Application which, if any, test results they would like to include as part of the application review. For example, a student might elect to include SAT subject tests, but not SAT or ACT. Students cannot select subsections of an SAT or ACT; Wesleyan will consider only a complete score set for either exam.


The Wesleyan admission committee is interested in considering your best achievement. We will consider only the highest Critical Reading, Math and Writing scores submitted, irrespective of SAT test date. Similarly, we will recalculate a new composite ACT score from subsections taken on different dates.

Homeschooled Students or Those Without Traditional Grades

Candidates applying from secondary schools that provide written evaluations in place of traditional grades or students who have been home-schooled are required to submit ACT results or the SAT and two or more SAT Subject Tests.

International Applicants

Applicants for whom English is not the first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS results. A high score – 650 or better- on the Critical Reading section of the SAT may also demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency (and the TOEFL or IELTS requirement can be waived).

Students from countries with national university entrance exams (such as WASSCE, EGSE, KCSE, CAPE, IGCSE, ISC, SLC) are required to submit official and/or predicted results. Applicants in an A-Level curriculum, must submit O-Level/IGCSE results, and predicted A-Level results. Students in an IB curriculum are expected to submit predicted IB exam results. For more details about the test-optional policy and applying from outside the U.S., please click here.

If an international student cannot present any of the above external exams, then he or she will be required to submit ACT results or the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests.


SAT or ACT scores are not required of transfer applicants. Scores of tests taken during high school are accepted, as are scores of more recent testing, if a candidate elects to submit them.

Note: Because standardized test results are used for academic counseling and placement, as well as for our institutional research, all entering first-year students must submit ACT or SAT and two SAT subject test scores after the conclusion of the admission process and prior to matriculating at Wesleyan.