Standardized test scores are only a small part of your application for admission. Let me say that again, standardized test scores are only a small part of your application for admission. SAT or ACT scores represent one Saturday in your high school career (ok, maybe two or three or four…), however, questions about standardized tests are flooding our admission email account. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about standardized tests:
Will scores from a November test arrive in time to be considered with my early decision application? Or, will January scores arrive in time to be considered with my regular decision application?
November scores will usually be received in time, but there is no guarantee that they will arrive before your application is considered. Same goes for January scores, they will usually be received in time for regular decision, but there is no guarantee they will arrive before your application is considered. Your best bet is to take standardized tests, and submit scores, before the application deadline.
Does Cornell participate in Score Choice?
No, Cornell does not participate in Score Choice. When you send your SAT scores we ask that you send us all of your scores, including all Subject Test scores. When sending your ACT scores, send us all test dates. This allows our selection committee to review the scores that are most supportive to your application. It is to your advantage to send all scores!
Does Cornell prefer the SAT or the ACT?
Cornell does not have a preference. Either the SAT or the ACT with writing are fine.
Do I need to take SAT Subject Tests?
Maybe, it depends on which college or school you apply to. The Cornell Freshman Admission Requirements Chart lists what standardized tests are required for each college and school.
Remember, standardized test scores are only a small part of your application for admission. Instead of spending hours worrying about a test you already completed, think about all of the information that you will share with the selection committee. You may find you have a few extra minutes to work on The All Important Cornell Supplement!