Standardized Tests Policy




•   Official SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores are required to complete your application.

•   An official ACT or SAT score report must be submitted directly from the testing agency.

•   Students who choose the ACT must take the optional writing exam.

•   Students whose native language is not English and who have not spent the last three years in an English-speaking high school must take both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT.


SAT Subject Tests

•   SAT Subject Tests are optional. If included with the application, these scores will be considered during the application process.

•   For students who enroll at Vanderbilt, SAT Subject Tests are used for placement in first year courses.

•   SAT Subject Tests are strongly recommended for home schooled applicants.

•   Applicants to the School of Engineering who choose to take Subject Tests should strongly consider taking either of the two mathematics exams (Level 1 or Level 2).


A Note to Applicants Regarding Vanderbilt's SAT Score Choice Policy

Vanderbilt will consider the highest section scores across all SAT test dates. Students should send scores from every SAT test date in which they receive a top score in at least one section: mathematics, critical reading, and writing. Only the highest section scores will be considered as part of the admissions review process. Each time SAT scores are submitted, the student's record is updated with the new high section scores. Vanderbilt strongly encourages students to submit scores each time they take the SAT.

While many of our applicants submit SAT Subject test scores, they are not required. As part of the admissions review process, the Admissions Committee may consider any SAT Subject test scores that a student submits.


Testing Codes For Vanderbilt

ACT: 4036

Educational Testing Service (ETS): 1871


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL examination is required of all international applicants whose primary native language is not English, even if the student studies at an English-speaking school.

There are three different TOEFL examinations an applicant can submit:

•   Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT)

•   Computer-Based TOEFL (CBT)

•   Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)

Minimum scores of 570 on the PBT, 230 on the CBT, or 100 on the iBT are recommended. Institutional TOEFL examinations are not accepted; the examinations must be taken at an official TOEFL testing center.

The results of the TOEFL examination are used by the Admission Committee to better understand your written and spoken English ability. Because the SAT was originally written with U.S. domestic students in mind, we realize that many international students do not score as well on the SAT Critical Reading portion as do domestic students. Therefore, in most cases, a strong TOEFL score will enhance the strength of an international student's application. This requirement will only be waived if a student has earned an SAT Critical Reading score of 600 or better.


Vanderbilt University's Institutional TOEFL Testing Code is 1871.