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

Standardized tests are expected for anybody applying as a student that is first-year MIT. However, they may not be the sole factor, and sometimes even probably the most important factor.

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

What this means is because we admit people, not numbers that you shouldn’t stress out too much about your scores. With that in mind, tests are certainly important, and you ought to prepare you can for them as best.

Testing requirements

Standardized test requirements: 2019–2020 and beyond

All applicants must complete one test from each category.

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

The SAT is required by us or perhaps the ACT. In addition, we require two SAT tests that are subject one in math (level a few), and another in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). We don’t have a preference as to which science test you take 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 in math (level a few) and 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 not require the ACT writing section or SAT optional essay, MIT does value writing and communication highly.

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


We will consider the highest score achieved in each section if you take the same test (SAT, ACT, or an SAT Subject Test) multiple times. We do this in order to consider all applicants within their light that is best.

Students are free to use the College Board’s Score Choice option as well as the ACT’s option to submit the scores of your choice as well.

Take note:

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

Testing deadlines and reporting scores

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

Your scores should be reported to us officially from the testing agency; scores you list on your own application and scores appearing on your own school transcript shall not be considered official.

Please allow sufficient time for the scores to reach at MIT. bear in mind that it takes at least 4 to 6 weeks for all of us to get SAT scores. We advice that you list MIT as a school to get your scores whenever 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 is important which you register for tests with similar name while you have indicated on your own application or MyMIT account. Your record and test scores won’t be linked in our system if the names usually do not match.

Registration information:

When to take which tests

Obviously, it is vital that students take all tests on or ahead of the deadlines. Beyond that, however, choose your test dates wisely! For example, 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.

Many applicants do take at least one science subject test during senior year, after completing only a percentage of the given course. Our admissions committee recognizes this and judges the scores accordingly. In most cases however, it is best to take a topic exam when you’ve completed a course that is whole.

The content of the math courses should determine we have no preference between the two) whether you take the Level 1 or the Level 2 Math test (. Before you choose the dates for almost any of your tests, particularly math, make sure to get advice from your school counselor along with your teachers.

Competitive scores

We would not have cut off or recommended scores when it comes to ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests as scores are evaluated within an context that is applicant’s. To look at test score statistics through the most admissions that are recent, visit our admissions statistics page.

We do have minimum and recommended scores when it comes to TOEFL. These minimums have been in place to ensure your level of English proficiency. Because MIT offers no English as an additional Language (ESL) programs, and English could be the language of MIT, all students must show that they will thrive in our community.

For the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT), the minimum composite score is a 90. We advice scores with a minimum of 23 for every single 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 each section.

At MIT Admissions, we recruit and enroll a talented and diverse class of undergraduates who can learn how to use science, technology, and other aspects of scholarship to serve the nation as well as the world within the 21st century.