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Standardized Testing Policy

First Year Applicants

U.S. Citizens: SAT I or ACT and SAT II scores are optional for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

International Citizens: Smith College recognizes the challenges that students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in response, Smith has adjusted the testing policy for international citizens. Submission of SAT I or ACT scores will be optional. This temporary policy will be in place for a 2-year period beginning with applicants applying for Fall 2021 admission.

International citizens applying for admission to Smith are required to demonstrate English proficiency. International citizens whose primary language is not English or have not attended a school at which English is the primary language of instruction will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*. (While Smith will accept “MyBest” results on the TOEFL, we will also review all scores attained on single test dates.) Applicants may be exempt from this requirement if they:

  • Identify English as their first language
  • Have attended a school in which the primary language of instruction is English for the duration of their secondary school career
  • Have attended a school in the United States and instructed in English for at least two years
  • Are enrolled in or have completed the IB Diploma Program or A level curriculum taught in English.

Please note that test requirement is based on citizenship, not on where a student attends school.

SAT II subject tests are optional for all applicants.

Undocumented and DACA Students: Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students follow the procedures and requirements for first-year or transfer admission. They are evaluated in the same way as U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents; SAT I or ACT and SAT II scores are optional.


Transfer Applicants

U.S. Citizens: SAT I or ACT and SAT II scores are optional for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

International Citizens: Smith College recognizes the challenges that students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in response, Smith has adjusted the testing policy for international citizens. Submission of SAT I or ACT scores will be optional. This temporary policy will be in place for a 2-year period beginning with applicants applying for Fall 2021 admission.

International citizens applying for admission to Smith are required to demonstrate English proficiency. International citizens whose primary language is not English or have not attended a school at which English is the primary language of instruction will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*. (While Smith will accept “MyBest” results on the TOEFL, we will also review all scores attained on single test dates.) Applicants may be exempt from this requirement if they:

  • Identify English as their first language
  • Have attended a school in which the primary language of instruction is English for the duration of their secondary school career
  • Have attended a school in the United States and instructed in English for at least two years
  • Are enrolled in or have completed the IB Diploma Program or A level curriculum taught in English.

Please note that test requirement is based on citizenship, not on where a student attends school.

SAT II subject tests are optional for all applicants.

Undocumented and DACA Students: Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students follow the procedures and requirements for first-year or transfer admission. They are evaluated in the same way as U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents; SAT I or ACT and SAT II scores are optional.