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. (Please note: The writing section of both the ACT and SAT is optional.)

Submitting Your Scores

Johns Hopkins will review self-reported or official SAT or ACT scores from applicants who attend U.S. high schools. These students will not be required to submit official score reports unless and until they are admitted and choose to enroll. You are able to self-report test scores through the Coalition for College application or Common Application. Please report scores from all tests you have taken exactly as you receive them, and admitted students will need to submit official testing from all tests taken in order to complete their enrollment. Students who will graduate from a high school outside the U.S. will be required to submit an official score report at the time of application.

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.

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.

Applicants: You should report scores from all tests as received. We will do the above calculations as part of reviewing your application.

Optional Sections

The writing sections of the ACT and SAT are optional.

Applicants have the option of submitting SAT Subject Tests in one or more areas of interest as a way to demonstrate an academic strength, but they are not required.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants are not required to submit SAT Reasoning Test, or ACT scores. Learn more about applying to Hopkins as a transfer student.

English Proficiency

TOEFL, IELTS, or the Duolingo English Test (DET) are recommended for applicants whose primary language is not English or students who have not attended an English language school for the last three years.

Though not required, applicants who score below 690 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section of the new SAT or below 30 or more on both the ACT Reading and English sections are encouraged to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores, as it will often present them in the best light for their language preparation.

Applicants should typically receive a minimum of 100 total for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with preferred sub-scores of 26 (Reading), 26 (Listening), 22 (Writing), and 25 (Speaking). A score of 7.0 or higher on each band is expected on IELTS, and a score of 120 or higher is expected for the DET.

A Note on Standardized Test Dates

Although we accept self-reported scores from applicants, 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. This is to ensure your application is reviewed with the most up-to-date information.

If you do intend to sit for a later testing, 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, as official scores are only required of admitted students.

See a full list of requirements and deadlines.