Entrance and English language Testing & Test Scores
When applying for admission as a first-time international undergraduate, you must submit
- Official scores for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT Assessment (ACT) and
- Official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores
SAT Reasoning & ACT Exams
A complete application for admission includes official standardized test scores from either the SAT Reasoning or ACT exam.
Details about SAT & ACT exam scores
Official scores from testing agency
Have the testing agency send your official SAT Reasoning scores or ACT scores (including the Optional Writing Test) directly to UT Austin. Scores on transcripts and student score reports sent to you don’t fulfill this requirement.
Writing Test for ACT test takers
If you choose to take the ACT, you must also take ACT's Optional Writing Test on the same date if you plan to submit your ACT scores to UT Austin. ACT scores submitted without a Writing Test score do not complete your testing requirement.
Submission of test scores after December 1
- 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.
- All other items needed for a complete application must be on time.
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.
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 this requirement.
Getting scores here on time
Be sure to plan to take either the SAT or the ACT in time to get your scores to us by the application deadline. Check the testing company web sites for test dates in your area.
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.
TOEFL or IELTS
Submit either an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score report demonstrating an adequate knowledge of English. Although the Graduate and International Admissions Center accepts either the TOEFL or IELTS, the TOEFL iBT is preferred because of the intergrative nature of the four skills tested and the facility with which scores are transmitted.
International applicants receive a waiver of English language testing if they:
- Are from an English-only speaking country; or
- Graduate from a high school in the U.S. or in an English-only speaking country after completing at least three years of study in a U.S. high school or a high school in an English-only speaking country.
There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. To fulfill your requirement for English language testing with scores from the IELTS, have your official scores sent to UT Austin at the following address:
University of Texas at Austin
GIAC, International Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 7306
Austin, TX 78713-7306
Applicants from the following English-only countries do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
TOEFL/IELTS exempt countries
Canada (except Quebec)
Turks and Caicos Islands
U.S. Pacific Trust
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 the Division of Instructional Assessment and Evaluation (formerly the Measurement and Evaluation Center).
SAT Subject Tests
Most applicants are not required to submit SAT Subject Test scores as part of the admissions application.
However, many applicants do choose to submit SAT Subject Test scores 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.
After being admitted, most students also take at least one SAT Subject Test for freshman course placement purposes.
Only test scores sent to UT Austin directly from the testing agency are considered official. You should take the tests well in advance of the appropriate application deadline to insure that scores will arrive on time. Copies of test scores are not considered official, but they may help the university locate your official test scores and are therefore useful when the application is processed.