Standardized Test Information



The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with Writing Test is required for freshman applicants.

Freshman applicants are strongly encouraged to submit two SAT subject tests. Applicants interested in an engineering major are strongly encouraged to submit scores from the Mathematics Level 2 SAT subject test and at least one science SAT subject test.

Standardized test score recipient codes

SAT: 5332

ACT: 1704

TOEFL: 5332

SAT Score Choice Policy

Johns Hopkins University considers your highest section scores across all SATs taken—even if they were on different test dates—in our evaluation of your application. We therefore encourage you to update your application with new test scores each time you take the SATs. This policy corresponds with the College Board’s "SAT Score—Use Practice Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates—Version 2."

For the ACT, Johns Hopkins will superscore your exam by finding the maximum value of each official section score submitted, then recalculate the composite score by dividing the highest section scores by four.

Transfer Applicants

SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores are optional. SAT Subject Tests are not required.

English Proficiency

The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is based on the linguistic background of applicants, not citizenship. TOEFL or IELTS results are required of all applicants who have not attended an English language school for the last five years and whose primary language is not English.

Applicants who score 670 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT or 30 or more on both the ACT Reading and English sections do not have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Students who meet these testing requirements are still encouraged to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, as it will often present them in the best light for their language preparation.

Non-native English speakers attending English language schools for the last five years are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score but may do so to supplement their application.

The preferred sub-scores for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) are 26 (Reading), 26 (Listening), 22 (Writing), and 25 (Speaking). A score of 7.0 or higher on each band is expected on IELTS.

A Note on Standardized Test Dates

Johns Hopkins strongly recommends that Early Decision candidates complete their required standardized tests no later than October of their senior year. Regular Decision candidates should complete required tests no later than December of their senior year.

Although we cannot guarantee that November (ED) or January (RD) scores will arrive before the Admissions Committee evaluation, past experience suggests that scores taken on these dates usually arrive in time.

November (ED) or January (RD) scores will be accepted for those students unable to meet their test requirements by October (ED) or December (RD). In such cases, we encourage you to note your intention of taking the later standardized test(s) on your application. There is no need to rush your scores.