First-year applicants: Tests & scores.How we use test scores

Standardized tests are expected for anyone applying as a first-year student to MIT. However, they may not be really the only factor, and on occasion even the most factor that is important.

We review all of your academic information—grades, scores, classes, etc.—to ensure that you are prepared for MIT when we receive your application. The majority of our applicants are very well prepared to succeed at MIT in part because of the strength of our applicant pool.

This implies that you need ton’t stress out too much regarding the scores, because we admit people, not numbers. Having said that, tests are certainly important, and you ought to prepare for them as best you can.

Testing requirements

Standardized test requirements: 2019–2020 and beyond

All applicants must complete one test from each category.

1. Standardized Test
2. Math SAT test that is subject
3. Science SAT Subject Test
For native English speakers:

We require the SAT or perhaps the ACT. In addition, we require two SAT Subject Tests: one in math (level one or two), plus one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). We don’t have a preference as to which science test you are taking or which math level you take.

For non-native English speakers:

You have got two options:

  1. Take the tests necessary for native English speakers (see above)
  2. Take the TOEFL and two SAT tests that are subject one out of math (level 1 or 2) plus one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m)

That you take the TOEFL, although it is not required if you have been using English for less than five years or do not speak English at home or at school, we strongly suggest.

On writing

While MIT will likely not require the ACT writing section or SAT optional essay, MIT does value writing and communication highly.

MIT believes that students in any field should learn how to write prose this is certainly clear, organized, and eloquent, and to convincingly facts that are present data, and ideas. As such, all MIT undergraduates must fulfill a communication requirement that integrates instruction and practice in writing and speaking into all four years and across all elements of MIT’s program that is undergraduate.


If you take exactly the same test (SAT, ACT, or an SAT Subject Test) multiple times, we shall look at the highest score achieved in each section. We do that to be able to consider all applicants in their light that is best.

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Please note:

Beginning in 2019, TOEFL is making a change to include superscores or “MyBest Scores” on all score reports august. We will accept and consider these scores the same manner we consider superscores for many other tests.

Testing deadlines and scores that are reporting

To be able to apply for first-year admission, you must use the required tests on or before the November test date for Early Action or even the December test date for Regular Action. We will also accept scores that are TOEFL Regular Action applicants through the January test dates. These are the most recent scores that may reach the Admissions Committee in time for review.

Your scores must certanly be reported to us officially through the testing agency; scores you list on the application and scores appearing on the school transcript will never be considered official.

Please allow enough time for the scores to reach at MIT. bear in mind for us to receive SAT scores that it takes at least four to six weeks. We advice which you list MIT as a school to get your scores once you use the test.

In time for our review if you are an Early Action applicant and you take the November test, you must list MIT as a school to receive your scores or we will not receive them.

It’s important which you sign up for tests with similar name as you have indicated on your application or MyMIT account. Your record and test scores won’t be linked within our system in the event that true names do not match.

Registration information:

When to take which tests

Obviously, it’s vital that students take all tests on or before the deadlines. Beyond that, however, choose your test dates wisely! For instance, it’s very wise to take the appropriate SAT Subject Tests right afterwards (usually May or June), while the material is fresh in your mind if you will be completing high school physics, chemistry, or biology before your senior year.

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The content of one’s math courses should determine whether you take the particular level 1 or even the Level 2 Math test (we have no preference between your two). Before the dates are chosen by you for just about any of the tests, particularly math, be sure to get advice from your own school counselor as well as your teachers.

Competitive scores

We would not have take off or recommended scores for the ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests as scores are evaluated within an applicant’s context. To see test score statistics through the most admissions that are recent, visit our admissions statistics page.

We do have recommended and minimum scores when it comes to TOEFL. These minimums come in destination to make fully sure your standard of English proficiency. All students must show that they will thrive in our community because MIT offers no English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and English is the language of MIT.

For the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT), the minimum composite score is a 90. We advice scores of at least 23 for each section, and a composite score of at least 100. Similarly, for the TOEFL revised Paper-Delivered Test (rPDT), we recommend scores of at least 23 for every single section.

At MIT Admissions, we recruit and enroll a talented and diverse class of undergraduates that will learn to use science, technology, along with other areas of scholarship to serve the world in addition to world into the century that is 21st.