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Test Score Policy

The University of Tennessee System has decided that all campuses, including UT Knoxville, will now require standardized tests (ACT/SAT) for first-year applicants applying to attend UT in Summer 2023 and Fall 2023.

Please note, there is no impact to Fall 2022 entering students. Students seeking admission for Spring 2023 can still apply test-optional. This website will continue to be updated to reflect the updated test policy. Continue to check this website for the most up-to-date information.

All applicants will be considered for Honors & Scholars Programs and many scholarships if their application is submitted and completed by the appropriate deadlines. Visit the One Stop website for details on the requirements for a wide range of UT academic scholarships.

Submitting Test Scores

We use the superscoring method, meaning we take your highest section scores of each test taken to determine your new composite score for application review. This usually yields a higher composite score, making your application more competitive.

You can take these tests as many times as you want. Send us your updated scores, and we will recalculate your overall composite score and update your application. You can also upload your test scores as part of your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). After being admitted to and before enrolling at UT, we will need to receive your official ACT or SAT scores from the testing company, or as part of your official high school transcript. In order to be fully considered for institutional scholarships, tests must be received prior to July 1 at the end of your senior year.

Our codes are 4026 for ACT and 1843 for SAT.

Note: In our 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.


If you took the ACT more than one time, a superscore is calculated based on the highest score achieved in each of the four test areas. We don’t use the optional essay.


For the SAT, we superscore using only the Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math (M) scores. We don’t use the optional essay.


The test score used in decisions will be the highest of an ACT superscore or SAT superscore.

Math Placement

We use ACT and equivalent math SAT scores to determine eligibility to take math classes at UT. Visit the Department of Math’s website for requirements.


Students studying.

If you are an applicant applying for Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 admission and choose not to submit test scores, you will be considered a test-optional applicant. All applicants will be reviewed holistically, and there are no disadvantages to students who choose to be test-optional applicants. Students can elect to add test scores at a later date to be included in their application, but they cannot switch back to test-optional after including scores.

Test-optional applicants are required to submit an additional essay. Please see the prompt below:

We believe Vol is a Verb and leadership is a willingness to act.

Provide an example of how you’ve demonstrated leadership to make a positive impact in your community (family, work experience, school, community, service efforts, etc.). Describe the impact of your efforts and why it was meaningful to you.

Please note that there are certain student populations who are required to submit test scores as part of their application.


*There are some students seeking admission for Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 who will still be required to provide SAT or ACT scores. These students are required to include their standardized test scores on the application:

  • Students who have attended a school not using alpha or numerical grades

International students have separate testing requirements. Visit our International Students admissions page for more information.