Taking and submitting Testing & Test Scores
SAT Reasoning & ACT Exams
Details about SAT & ACT exam scores
Official scores from testing agency
To be official, SAT/ACT test scores must be sent directly to UT Austin from the testing agency. Scores on transcripts and copies of score reports sent to a student don’t fulfill this requirement.
In order to include the required writing portion of either exam, official SAT scores must be from an exam taken after March 2005 and official ACT scores must be from an exam taken after February 2005.
ACT and the Writing test
To be official, any ACT score you submit must include a score for the ACT Optional Writing Test taken on the same day as the ACT Exam. If you’ve taken the ACT exam but not the writing exam, you’ll need to retake the ACT exam and be sure to register for the Optional Writing Exam on the same day as the date you register to retake the ACT exam.
December test scores
- Official ACT and SAT test scores for summer/fall applicants that arrive in our office by December 31 will be considered on time.
- ALEKS scores for summer/fall engineering applicants seeking to meet the calculus readiness requirement will also be considered on time if they arrive no later than December 31.
Multiple score reports and how we use them
You may submit as many score reports as you like. If you submit more than one score report, we will use the score from a single test date that will benefit you the most when your application is reviewed. We will not, however, combine scores from different test dates (a critical reading score from one test date with a mathematics score from another test date, for example) to come up with a better score.
College Board Score Choice
If you’ve taken the SAT more than once, the College Board allows you to decide which set of scores you want to send to UT Austin. This is called Score Choice. You may have the results from all testing dates sent to us or you may restrict what you send us to only specific test dates that you choose.
UT Austin strongly suggests that you send the results from all of your testing dates.
You may submit as many score reports as you like. If you submit more than one score report, we’ll use the score from a single test date that benefits you the most when your application is reviewed. Unused test results will never have an adverse effect on your application. We will not, however, combine scores from different test dates (a critical reading score from one test date with a mathematics score from another test date, for example) to come up with a better score.
Requesting an additional score report for UT Austin
If you didn’t have your scores sent to UT Austin when you took the exam, contact the testing agency to have an additional score report sent to us. Scores on transcripts and student score reports sent to you don’t fulfill your testing requirement.
Calculus readiness for engineering, geosciences, and environmental science applicants
To be considered for admission to all majors in the Cockrell School of Engineering, all majors in the Jackson School of Geosciences, Environmental Science (Geographical Sciences) in the College of Liberal Arts, and Environmental Science (Biological Sciences) in the College of Natural Sciences, applicants must meet the Calculus Readiness Requirement.
Use of scores in admission decisions (Summer/Fall 2009 and beyond)
The Office of Admissions uses SAT/ACT scores, including your writing score, when making admission decisions. UT Austin uses your best score from a single test date as one of the items that make up your academic achievement.
Freshman English Credit for SAT/ACT Writing Scores
Enrolling students with SAT Writing scores between 600 and 800 and ACT writing scores of 26 or higher earn credit for freshman English (RHE 306) at UT Austin. Details about earning credit for RHE 306 and other credit through placement testing is available on the Student Testing Services web site.
College Credit for Earning an IB Diploma
Students who are admitted to the university and have earned an IB Diploma during high school may qualify for 24 hours of college credit. Details about the program are available from Student Testing Services.
After being admitted to the university, many incoming students are required to take one or more exams to help the university determine placement into certain courses. Doing so helps the university to place the student in a course that isn’t too easy or too hard. For example, many students who need mathematics courses must take the ALEKS exam to determine the mathematics course they should register for.
After being admitted, many students also take other placement exams for freshman course placement purposes.
SAT SUBJECT TESTS
Applicants do not have to submit SAT Subject Test scores as part of the admissions application. However, some applicants choose to do so in hopes of attaining credit for required coursework. When we receive SAT Subject Test scores from a high school student, we set them aside until the application cycle is complete. If an applicant is admitted, credit is given for SAT Subject Tests based on established guidelines.