Standardized Testing Policy
STANDARDIZED TESTING POLICY
Barnard's admission process is holistic and contextual, meaning standardized test scores are considered in the context of the rest of the application and in conjunction with the application's other parts. For example, a math score will prompt us to look at the relevant math curriculum, grades, and any related teacher comments. For this reason, test scores are only one component of our application review, and they are never used as a sole criterion for selection. Please see below to view our standardized testing requirements and score choice policy.
First Year and Transfer Applicants
All applicants are required to submit results from either of the following exams:
- SAT I (essay not required)
- ACT (writing not required)
Barnard requires students to display English proficiency and may be required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Duolingo English Test. Applicants are eligible to have the English Language Proficiency Requirement waived if they:
- Identify English as one of their first languages
- Have attended a school in which the primary language of instruction is English for the duration of their secondary school career
- Are enrolled in or have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or A Level curriculum taught in English
- Earned one or more of the following subsection scores:
- 700 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the redesigned SAT (beginning in March 2016)
- 29 or higher on the English or Reading sections of the ACT.
If you meet one or more of the criteria above, you have fulfilled Barnard's English Language Proficiency Requirement, but will still be required to submit either SAT and/or ACT scores. After you apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your English Language Proficiency Requirement waived (if it has not already been waived in your applicant status portal).
If you do not meet the criteria above, you will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores in addition to either SAT and/or ACT scores. The most competitive candidates for admission generally receive a score of 7 or higher on the IELTS, a TOEFL score of 100 or above, or a 120 or higher on the Duolingo English Test.
Self-Reported Standardized Testing
Domestic first-year applicants may now submit their self-reported test scores from the SAT or ACT to Barnard during the application process. Students may disclose their self-reported testing via the Common Application. If you need to update your scores after you apply, please submit your scores through the self-reported testing form within your application portal.
Please note international first-year and all transfer applicants are still required to send official test scores. In addition, international students required to submit English Language exams must submit official scores via the testing agencies.
Barnard will also continue accepting score reports sent by counselors as official testing. Counselors may send reports via email to email@example.com or by fax at 212-280-8797.
We superscore both the SAT and ACT and do not review the Writing section for either the SAT or ACT. For the SAT, we will use the highest score in each section of each exam sitting. For the ACT, we will evaluate your highest scores in each individual section of the ACT (if taken multiple times) and combine them to recalculate your highest combined ACT composite score.
Only admitted students who choose to enroll will be required to submit official scores. We will require enrolling Early Decision students to submit official scores in January, and enrolling Regular Decision students to submit in May. Discrepancies between self-reported and official scores may jeopardize a student’s place in the class.
Barnard strongly recommends that students take all standardized testing prior to the application deadline. This will ensure that scores reach us in time to review your application for admission. Exams taken after the deadline date will be considered if they arrive in time for our review. Early Decision students taking exams after the application deadline in November or Regular Decision students taking exams in January may self-report their scores by submitting them through the self-reported testing form within your application portal.