Required Standardized Tests
Applicants must submit the results of the SAT or ACT (with writing) and two SAT Subject Tests even if they are submitting the results of their school leaving exams. For Early Action candidates, the October ACT and the November SAT administrations are the final testing dates available. The December ACT and the January SAT administrations are the final testing dates for Regular Action candidates.
Students should not submit two Subject Tests in mathematics to meet the requirement. Candidates whose first language is not English should not use a Subject Test in their first language as one of their two required Subject Tests. All students are encouraged to submit any additional Subject Tests (which may include one in a studentís first language), Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test results.
Applicants must designate Harvard as a recipient of their test scores. Testing agencies will not release results directly to the Admissions Office unless an applicant gives permission to do so. The SAT code number is 3434; the ACT code number is 1840.
Students who live in a country where the SAT or ACT is not offered are the ONLY applicants who are exempt from these standardized tests.
English Language Proficiency
A strong knowledge of English is essential for successful study at Harvard, including the ability to understand and express thoughts quickly and clearly. The SAT II English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is not acceptable as one of the two required SAT Subject Tests. Students are not required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Test (IELTS) but we welcome the submission of your score if you have taken either.