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Standardized Test Information
Test scores for Johns Hopkins should be sent to the following recipient codes: SAT (5332), ACT (1704), and TOEFL (5332).
The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT is required for all first-year applicants. Beginning in spring 2016, the redesigned SAT will be available to students applying for entry in fall 2017 and after. (Please note: The writing section of the ACT is optional and the essay section of the redesigned SAT will be optional once it’s administered.)
SAT Score Choice Policy
We’ll consider your highest section scores across all SATs taken—even if they were on different test dates—in our evaluation of your application. We therefore encourage you to update your application with new test scores each time you take the SATs.
For 2017 applicants, Johns Hopkins will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will consider the single highest score from your test dates. If you took both assessments, we will use concordance tables provided by the College Board to compare scores.
We also consider your highest combined score for the ACT. We’ll find the maximum value of each official section score submitted, then recalculate the composite score.
The writing section of the ACT is optional. The essay section of the redesigned SAT will be optional once it’s administered.
Applicants may also choose to submit SAT Subject Tests in one or more areas of interest as a way to demonstrate an academic strength. We will consider the two highest Subject Test scores when reviewing applications, but your application will not be negatively affected if you choose not to submit Subject Test scores.
We encourage applicants interested in an engineering major to submit scores from the Mathematics Level 2 SAT Subject Test and at least one science SAT Subject Test as a way to demonstrate their strengths in relevant subject areas.
See a full list of requirements and deadlines here.
Transfer applicants are not required to submit SAT Reasoning Test, ACT scores, or SAT Subject Tests. For more information about applying to Hopkins as a transfer student, click here.
The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is based on the linguistic background of applicants, not citizenship. TOEFL or IELTS results are required of all applicants who have not attended an English language school for the last five years and whose primary language is not English.
Applicants who score 670 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT or 30 or more on both the ACT Reading and English sections do not have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Students who meet these testing requirements are still encouraged to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, as it will often present them in the best light for their language preparation.
Non-native English speakers attending English language schools for the last five years are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score but may do so to supplement their application.
The preferred sub-scores for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) are 26 (Reading), 26 (Listening), 22 (Writing), and 25 (Speaking). A score of 7.0 or higher on each band is expected on IELTS.
A Note on Standardized Test Dates
Although we cannot guarantee that November (ED) or January (RD) scores will arrive before the Admissions Committee evaluation, past experience suggests that scores taken on these dates usually arrive in time.
We strongly recommend that Early Decision candidates complete their required standardized tests no later than October of their senior year. Regular Decision candidates should complete required tests no later than December of their senior year.
November (ED) or January (RD) scores will be accepted for those students unable to meet their test requirements by October (ED) or December (RD). In such cases, we encourage you to note your intention of taking the later standardized test(s) on your application. There is no need to rush your scores.