First-year applicants: Tests & scores.How we use test scores

First-year applicants: Tests & scores.How we use test scores

Standardized tests are needed for anybody applying as a student that is first-year MIT. However, they may not be the only real factor, and sometimes even probably the most factor that is important.

We review all of your academic information—grades, scores, classes, etc.—to ensure that you are prepared for MIT when we receive your application. The majority of our applicants are very well prepared to succeed at MIT in part because of the strength of our applicant pool.

This implies that you shouldn’t stress out too much about your scores, because we admit people, not numbers. With that said, tests are certainly important, and you should prepare you can for them as best.

Testing requirements

Standardized test requirements: 2019–2020 and beyond

All applicants must complete one test from each category.

1. Standardized Test
2. Math SAT test that is subject
3. Science SAT Subject Test
For native English speakers:

The SAT is required by us or perhaps the ACT. In addition, we require two SAT Subject Tests: one in math (level a few), plus one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). We would not have a preference as to which science test you take or which math level you are taking.

For non-native English speakers:

You have got two options:

  1. Take the tests required for native English speakers (see above)
  2. Take the TOEFL and two SAT Subject Tests, one in math (level one or two) and another in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m)

That you take the TOEFL, although it is not required if you have been using English for less than five years or do not speak English at home or at school, we strongly suggest.

On writing

While MIT will not require the writing that is ACT or SAT optional essay, MIT does value writing and communication highly.

MIT believes that students in virtually any field should figure out how to write prose this is certainly clear, organized, and eloquent, and also to convincingly facts that are present data, and ideas. As such, all MIT undergraduates must fulfill a communication requirement that integrates instruction and practice written down and speaking into all four years and across all parts of MIT’s undergraduate program.


We will consider the highest score achieved in each section if you take the same test (SAT, ACT, or an SAT Subject Test) multiple times. We do that in order to consider all applicants in their light that is best.

Students are absolve to utilize the College Board’s Score Choice option while the ACT’s option to submit the scores that you choose as well.

Please be aware:

Starting in 2019, TOEFL is making a change to include superscores or “MyBest Scores” on all score reports august. We shall accept and examine these scores the same way we consider superscores for many other tests.

Testing deadlines and reporting scores

In order to make an application for first-year admission, you have to use the tests that are required or before the November test date for Early Action or the December test date for Regular Action. We will also accept scores that are TOEFL Regular Action applicants through the January test dates. They are the latest scores that may reach the Admissions Committee in time for review.

Your scores must certanly be reported to us officially through the testing agency; scores you list on your own application and scores appearing in your school transcript shall never be considered official.

Please allow sufficient time for the scores to reach at MIT. bear in mind so it takes at the least four to six weeks for us to receive SAT scores. We recommend you take the test that you list MIT as a school to receive your scores when.

In time for our review if you are an Early Action applicant and you take the November test, you must list MIT as a school to receive your scores or we will not receive them.

It’s important which you sign up for tests with the same name while you have indicated in your application or MyMIT account. Your record and test scores will not be linked inside our system if the true names do not match.

Registration information:

When to take which tests

Obviously, it’s vital that students take all tests on or before the deadlines. Beyond that, however, choose your test dates wisely! For instance, in the event that you may be completing senior school physics, chemistry, or biology before your senior year, it’s very a good idea to use the appropriate SAT Subject Tests right afterwards (usually May or June), even though the material is fresh in your thoughts.

Many applicants do take at least one science subject test during senior year, after completing only a portion for the given course. Our admissions committee recognizes this and judges the scores accordingly. In most cases however, it’s better to take an interest exam after you’ve completed a whole course.

The content of your math courses should determine whether you take the Level 1 or even the Level 2 Math test (we have no preference amongst the two). Before you choose the dates for almost any of the tests, particularly math, make sure to get advice from your own school counselor along with your teachers.

Competitive scores

We don’t have take off or recommended scores when it comes to ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests as scores are evaluated within an applicant’s context. To look at test score statistics from the most recent admissions year, visit our admissions statistics page.

We do have minimum and recommended scores when it comes to TOEFL. These minimums have been in location to make sure your level of English proficiency. All students must show that they will thrive in our community because MIT offers no English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and English is the language of MIT.

For the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT), the minimum composite score is a 90. We recommend scores with a minimum of 23 for every section, and a composite score of at least 100. Similarly, for the TOEFL revised Paper-Delivered Test (rPDT), we advice scores of at least 23 for every section.

At MIT Admissions, we recruit and enroll a talented and diverse class of undergraduates who will figure out how to use science, technology, as well as other aspects of scholarship to serve the nation additionally the world when you look at the 21st century.