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Test Score Policy

Standardized tests are an important factor in admission decisions. They are used to determine scholarship awards and application eligibility for honors and scholars programs.

Students studying.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.

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.


We need to receive your ACT scores either from the testing company or as part of your official high school transcript. 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.


If you took the SAT before March 2016, we superscore using only the Critical Reasoning (CR) and Math (M) scores. If you took the “new” SAT, administered beginning March 2016, we superscore using only the Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math (M) scores. We don’t use the optional essay. If you took the SAT prior to March 2016 and after March 2016, those tests can’t be superscored. 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 (tests taken prior to March 2016)

(3) the ACT equivalent of a “new” SAT superscore (tests taken after March 2016)


Visit the One Stop website for details on the test score requirements for a wide range of UT academic scholarships.

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.