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UT’s Test Score Policy

Standardized tests (ACT, SAT) are an important factor in admission decisions for first-time freshman students at The University of Tennessee. They also are used in helping to determine scholarship awards and other campus opportunities, including application eligibility for honors and scholars programs.

UT employs a superscore policy for both ACT and SAT scores, which allows the creation of a new composite, based on the highest scores earned in parts of the same exam, taken more than once. With the advent of the “new” SAT exam in March, 2016, UT has developed the following policies to accommodate the use of scores from both the “new” and “old” SAT and the ACT.


In the admission process, all scores are expressed as ACT or ACT equivalents, based on concordance tables (2008, 2016) developed by the College Board for SAT scores. ACT scores, received from the testing company or that are part of an official high school transcript, are entered in the UT admissions system. If the ACT was taken more than one time, a superscore is calculated based on the highest score achieved in each of the four test areas. The optional essay is not required or used by UT.


The “old” SAT, administered before March 2016, is superscored using only the Critical Reasoning (CR) and Math (M) scores. The writing section of the “old” SAT has never been used by UT as part of an applicant’s test score.

The “new” SAT, administered beginning March 2016, is superscored using only the Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math (M) scores. The new optional essay is not required or used by UT.

SAT superscores are calculated only within the “old” or “new” SAT, and not between the “old” and “new.” An SAT superscore will only be calculated if there are two or more “old” scores or two or more “new” scores.


The test score used in decisions will be the highest of: (1) an ACT superscore, (2) the ACT equivalent of an “old” SAT superscore, or (3) the ACT equivalent of a “new” SAT superscore.


Information concerning test score requirements for a wide range of UT academic scholarships can be found at

Math Placement

ACT, and equivalent “new” and “old” math SAT scores are used to determine eligibility to take math classes at UT. Requirements can be found at

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