Suspension of SAT/ACT Testing Requirement for 2020-21 Admission Cycle

Suspension of SAT/ACT Testing Requirement  Given COVID-related limitations on SAT and ACT testing opportunities, Amherst will suspend for one year its requirement that all students applying for first-year admission submit SAT or ACT scores. This test-optional policy applies to all applicants - domestic and international - for admission to the Class of 2025 during the 2020-21 admission cycle. At their own discretion, applicants may still submit SAT or ACT scores for consideration, but SAT Subject Tests will not be considered as part of the evaluation of any applicant's academic record. Standardized testing is also optional for transfer applicants.

For information on other modifications designed to help students and families in these extraordinary times, read  about Amherst Admission response to COVID-19 developments.

Standardized Testing Policy

Update: Please review the statement above regarding the suspension of our SAT/ACT testing requirement for first-year applicants - domestic and international - during the 2020-21 admission cycle.

Standardized testing (either SAT or ACT) is an optional part of our admission application for both first-year applicants and transfer applicants and constitutes only one element of our comprehensive and holistic application review process. Recognizing that standardized test scores cannot fully capture the many facets of our diverse applicants, we carefully consider all components of an application in an effort to derive the most accurate and contextual depiction of an applicant as a student and a person.

Standardized Testing Options

Update: Please review the statement above regarding the suspension of our SAT/ACT testing requirement for first-year applicants - domestic and international - during the 2020-21 admission cycle.

SAT or ACT Testing: In addition to the required elements of a first-year application or a transfer application, applicants may elect to submit test scores (either self-reported or official) from either the SAT or the ACT; for both first-year and transfer applicants, the submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional.

Multiple Test Results: For  applicants who have taken the SAT and/or the ACT more than once, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section. For official score reporting, applicants are free to use the SAT Score Choice option and the ACT option.

English Language Testing: International applicants may also be required to submit results for English language proficiency testing (TOEFL or IELTS). Amherst does not superscore results for English proficiency tests. Nor do we accept self-reported test scores for TOEFL or IELTS; only official score reports are permitted for these tests. Additional information on our English proficiency testing policy is available on our International Applicants page.

Testing Deadlines: Applicants who elect to submit standardized test scores for consideration during the admission process should be sure that test scores reach us by the appropriate application deadline (either ED or RD).

Submission of Self-Reported and Official Standardized Test Scores

Applicants may submit either self-reported or officially reported standardized test scores for SAT or ACT.

We recognize that the added expense of official score reporting fees can pose a financial barrier for many students, constraining the ability to apply to their schools of interest and, in turn, limiting college options and opportunities for higher education. Consistent with Amherst's long-standing commitment to access and affordability, we accept self-reported SAT and ACT test scores from applicants. Only those applicants who are admitted and decide to attend Amherst will be required to submit official score reports for self-reported scores submitted at the application stage.

Self-reported test scores may be submitted (and updated) in any of the following ways:

  • Enter scores in the testing section of the Common Application, the Coalition Application or the QuestBridge Application.
  • Enter scores into the student's online Application Status Portal (available after submission of an application for admission to Amherst).
  • Submit screen shots or scanned copies of score reports via email to

Official test scores may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Sent directly from the testing agency (SAT or ACT). Amherst's testing codes are 3003 (SAT) and 1774 (ACT).
  • Sent directly by the student's high school counselor via email ( or fax (413-542-2040).
  • Sent directly by the student's high school counselor via notation on official transcript.

Verification of Self-Reported Standardized Test Scores

Students who are admitted with self-reported test scores and subsequently decide to matriculate as first-year students at Amherst will be required to submit official test scores (through any of the methods listed above) soon after confirming an intent to enroll at Amherst. Using the official scores, we will verify the accuracy of any self-reported scores used during the admission process. Any discrepancy between official and self-reported scores may result in the withdrawal of our offer of admission.


Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by email at or by phone at 413-542-2328, if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the application and admission process at Amherst.