Standardized tests are required for admission according to the guidelines below; all test scores must be submitted directly to Columbia by the testing agency. Applicants may choose to take either the SAT and two Subject Tests or the ACT.
Applicants for fall 2017 admission should read our updated testing policies which reflect the College Board’s redesigned SAT, scheduled to launch in spring 2016.
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
The current SAT consists of three sections, each graded on an 800-point scale; if you take the test more than once, you will be evaluated on the highest score you receive in any individual section.
The redesigned SAT will consist of two sections, each graded on an 800-point scale and the writing portion will be separate. Columbia will not require the optional writing section. You will be evaluated on the highest score you receive in any individual section.
If you are applying for fall 2017 admission, results from the current SAT and/or the redesigned SAT will be accepted. When evaluating applicants, we will consider only the highest testing results reported from one version of the test, not across both versions.
1) Applicants to The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science who are not providing ACT scores must submit scores on the SAT Subject Tests in Math and in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Applicants to Columbia College who are not providing ACT scores must submit two SAT Subject Tests of their choice.
2) If you have a specific area of academic interest, we recommend submitting a subject test in that area of interest if one is available.
3) The SAT Subject Test in a foreign language is designed to demonstrate your achievement in a language that you have learned in school. If you have native fluency in a language, we advise taking an SAT Subject Test in a different subject.
4) Columbia will continue to accept scores for both versions of the SAT for applicants applying for admission for fall 2017 and fall 2018.
ACT Plus Writing
You may alternatively take the ACT Assessment, graded on a 36-point scale; if you take the test more than once, you will be evaluated on the highest composite score you receive. If you are applying for admission for fall of 2016, the writing component offered by the ACT Assessment is mandatory. If you are applying for fall of 2017, Columbia will not require the writing component offered by the ACT Assessment.
Although SAT Subject Test scores are not required for students submitting the ACT, you are encouraged to submit those scores if you have chosen to take the tests. If you have a specific area of academic interest, we recommend submitting a subject test in that area of interest if one is available.
Non-native speakers should refer to our English proficiency testing requirements. Please note that this testing is in addition to the SAT or ACT, not a substitute for it.
Submitting Official Scores
You must register with the appropriate testing agency (the Educational Testing Service-ETS or the American College Testing Program-ACT) well in advance of your desired test date. You may take standardized tests as late as November for Early Decision and January for Regular Decision.
It is critical that you use the correct registration code to ensure delivery of scores to our office. The appropriate ETS code is 2116, and the appropriate ACT code is 2717. Please note that scores reported to Columbia’s School of General Studies (2095), Columbia’s School of Professional Studies (2154) or Barnard College (2038) will not reach our office and will not be considered for evaluation. If you sent your score using an incorrect code, you must contact the testing agency to resend your scores.
Please do not utilize the “rush” service in sending your test scores to Columbia; doing so does not speed up the processing of your test scores. We obtain all testing via a secure web site to which we are provided access by the appropriate testing agency.
Columbia reserves the right to not evaluate a candidate whose scores are not reported directly by the testing agency. We are unable to guarantee that any scores from tests taken after the deadlines will arrive in time to be reviewed.
Columbia’s Testing Policy for Score Choice
Applicants may select the Score Choice option for the SAT or choose to submit specific ACT composite scores. However, it should be noted that the application review process for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is rooted in the belief that students are dynamic, multi-faceted individuals who cannot be defined by any single factor to determine their suitability for admission. When evaluating applicants, we consider only the highest testing results reported from individual sections of the SAT and the two highest required SAT Subject Tests or the highest composite score on the ACT. We are always seeking to give students the greatest opportunity to showcase their academic talents and hoping to make the testing experience as stress-free as possible. We encourage applicants to take these examinations no more than twice, but we do not penalize applicants for exceeding that recommendation.