Standardized Testing

Test-Optional Policy

Wesleyan does not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application for admission. Test optional since 2014, 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.. Whether or not students share standardized test results, the admission committee will faithfully fulfill its commitments to carefully considering complete applications in their respective contexts and making the most informed decisions possible.

Our process does not disadvantage those who choose not to submit scores. 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. We will not penalize students for the absence of 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, Those Without Traditional Grades or Students in Online High Schools

The admission committee typically requires applicants from secondary schools that only provide narrative evaluations and applicants schooled either exclusively at home or online to submit standardized testing. This year, due to the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are relaxing this requirement. We understand that there may be limited opportunities to test and circumstances may not be conducive to students producing results that are truly representative of either their ability or potential. Although the committee may not have as much information available to us this year, we will nonetheless fulfill our commitment to carefully considering applications deemed complete and making informed decisions.

International Applicants

Wesleyan does not require international applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application for admission.  There are more details about the test-optional policy, English proficiency, and applying from outside the U.S.


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.