Standardized Testing Policy



Test scores are important and good scores help, but they are not an absolute criterion. Our review process looks for evidence of a student's motivation, creativity, character, unique talents, and experiences that shape the quality of life in and out of the classroom.

Standardized Testing Requirements 

All freshman applicants must take either the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests in fields related to their proposed area of study, or the ACT Plus Writing test.



Applicants should send all test scores to Rice

Rice uses the highest scores from any sitting on the SAT in order to consider each applicant's most positive test results. Recognizing that this policy could disadvantage those students who cannot afford repeated testing or expensive test prep coaching, we believe a comprehensive testing history provides us with the appropriate context required for making a fair judgment of what the test scores mean in a holistic admission process. Therefore, we require all applicants submitting the SAT to submit all scores to Rice.

The only definition of a composite score that ACT recognizes is its own definition: an ACT composite is the average of the four multiple-choice scale scores from a single administration of the exam. Therefore, it is Rice’s policy to use the highest ACT composite score in admission consideration.


Official scores must be sent for a complete application

All scores must be sent directly from the testing organization. Rice's College Board code is 6609, our ACT code is 4152, and our TOEFL code is 6609.


Additional testing requirement for international citizens

In addition to the required tests listed above, applicants whose first language and language of instruction is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 600 on the paper-based test and 100 on the internet-based test. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 7. Rice's TOEFL code is 6609.

If you have received two or more years of school instruction in English, you are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.


For information on test score deadlines:

Download the Freshman or Transfer Application Checklist for a complete list of application requirements and deadlines. These checklists include the dates of the last standardized testing exams from which we will accept official test scores in order to complete your admission application.