Standardized Testing

Test-Optional Policy

Wesleyan will not require applicants from U.S. 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 homeschooled, attend online high schools, or who are enrolled in other non-traditional secondary school programs are required to submit ACT results or the SAT and two or more SAT Subject Tests.

Students in Online High Schools

Candidates who attend online high schools are required to submit ACT results or the SAT and two or more SAT subject Tests.

International Applicants

Because English is the language of instruction at Wesleyan, English language proficiency must be demonstrated before you are admitted to the University. Wesleyan does not offer any remedial English courses. Therefore, we highly recommend that applicants living outside the US for whom English is NOT their first language demonstrate proficiency with standardized testing. A score of 100 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL, a 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, or a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS, 650 or higher critical reading section of the old SAT or a 700 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the new SAT, or 29 Reading and English section scores or English and Language Arts (ELA) combined score on the ACT, are expected in most cases.

For more details about the test-optional policy and applying from outside the U.S., please click here.


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.