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)

International Students

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). 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,  you may email the admissions office at with your student score report.

Barnard will also continue accepting school reports sent by counselors as official testing. Counselors may send reports via email to 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. Transfer applicants are required to submit official testing at the time of application. 

Barnard strongly recommends that students take all standardized testing prior to the application deadline. This will ensure that scores will reach us in time to review your application for admission. Early decision students taking exams in November or Regular Decision students taking exams in January should send their scores as soon as they are receivevd by sending a screenshot of their offical score report to the admissions office. Your name must be visible on the computer screen to verify they are your scores. Please send self-reported scores to However, we cannot guarantee scores will arrive in time to be considered as it takes several weeks for the exams to be scored. Please be sure to plan accordingly. 

Our Score Choice Policy

Barnard does not participate in score choice and requires students to send all standardized testing scores. 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. 

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.