Standardized Testing Policy
STANDARDIZED TESTING POLICY
Barnard's admission process is holistic and contextual, meaning standardized test scores are considered in the context of the rest of the application and in conjunction with the application's other parts. For example, a math score will prompt us to look at the relevant math curriculum, grades, and any related teacher comments. For this reason, test scores are only one component of our application review, and they are never used as a sole criterion for selection. Please see below to view our standardized testing requirements and score choice policy.
First Year and Transfer Applicants
All applicants are required to submit results from either of the following exams:
- SAT I (essay not required)
- ACT (writing not required)
Applicants whose primary language is not English and who have studied in English for less than four years should submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Duolingo English Exam. Contact us if you are unsure whether you are required to submit these exams.
Self-Reported Standardized Testing
All first-year applicants may now submit their self-reported test scores from the SAT or ACT to Barnard during the application process. Students may disclose their self-reported testing via the Common Application. If you need to update your scores after you apply, please submit your scores through the self-reported testing form within your application portal.
Barnard will also continue accepting score reports sent by counselors as official testing. Counselors may send reports via email to email@example.com or by fax at 212-280-8797.
Only admitted students who choose to enroll will be required to submit official scores. We will require enrolling Early Decision students to submit official scores in January, and enrolling Regular Decision students to submit in May. Discrepancies between self-reported and official scores may jeopardize a student’s place in the class.
Please note this policy does not apply for transfer applicants or English Language exams. Transfer applicants are required to submit official testing at the time of application. International students required to submit English Language exams must also submit official scores via the testing agencies. .
Barnard strongly recommends that students take all standardized testing prior to the application deadline. This will ensure that scores reach us in time to review your application for admission. Exams taken after the deadline date will be considered if they arrive in time for our review. Early Decision students taking exams after the application deadline in November or Regular Decision students taking exams in January may self-report their scores by submitting them through the self-reported testing form within your application portal.
Our Score Choice Policy
Although we will accept self-reported scores for First Year applicants, Barnard does not participate in score choice and therefore, we expect students to self-report all of their standardized testing scores from either the SAT or ACT. For the SAT, we will use the highest score in each section of each exam sitting. For the ACT, we will use your highest composite; we do not superscore the ACT. If you are admitted and choose to enroll at Barnard, you will be required to send in all your official scores of the SAT or ACT at that time.
Testing is one part of the application review process, and having a complete testing profile can provide insight into a student's progress. Improvement in scores over a period of time, consistency in scoring, or the knowledge that a student took the test once (as a relatively high scorer or a low scorer) provides information helpful in the review process. We have always practiced the spirit of score choice. However, we do prefer to see a student's full testing history in order to have a complete picture. Please note we do not require or recommend subject tests. Although we may see them on your common application or your official testing record if you choose not to self report, they aren’t included as part our evaluation process.