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.

Standardized Testing Deadlines

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. Exams taken after the deadline date will be considered but we cannot guarantee they will arrive in time to be considered. We are unable to offer admission to a student without official testing on file. 

Early decision students taking exams in November or Regular Decision students taking exams in January may self-report their scores by sending a screenshot of their scores 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 While we will use self-reported scores to initiate our admissions review, we will not extend any offers of admission without official scores. 

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.

Redesigned SAT

For students who have taken the previous version of the SAT prior to March 2016, Barnard will accept both versions of the exam, as per our score choice policy. We will still use your highest score in each section in our evaluation. However, we will not score across different versions of the exam. The Collegeboard has provided us with concordance tables to ensure that neither score is advantaged over the other.