Testing Optional

Johns Hopkins University will be
test-optional for the Class of 2025

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to students around the world—from difficulties in remote learning and online access to canceled testing, extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities.

Because testing availability and access will be severely limited this year, Johns Hopkins is adopting a 1-year test-optional policy for the Class of 2025 (students applying for entry in the fall of 2021).

If a student has a test score—SAT, ACT, AP, IB, English language proficiency exams, or others—and feels it is reflective of their academic ability, we welcome any testing submission they choose to share.

We also recognize that the pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of a student’s high school experience. Many schools have made changes to their grading policies and structures, or moved to remote instruction, which impacts school clubs and organizations, athletics, internships, research, and other opportunities for student involvement.

Our admissions review process has always been about how students navigate their academic and personal circumstances. Our holistic approach focuses on academic character, impact and initiative, and match for our community.

For information about our college search and application workshops, tips on financial planning, and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about how COVID-19 will impact our application and review process this year, visit our College Planning Toolkit.

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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).

Submitting Your Scores

If you wish to submit scores for consideration with your application, Johns Hopkins will review self-reported or official SAT or ACT scores from applicants who attend U.S. high schools. First-year students applying for the Class of 2025 will not be required to submit official score reports. 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.

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

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, the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the Cambridge English Exam 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, DET, or Cambridge English 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. A composite score of 120 or higher is expected for the DET with preferred sub-scores of 125 (Literacy), 120 (Conversation), 135 (Comprehension), and 105 (Production).  C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency is expected with a Cambridge English score of 185 or higher.

A Note on Standardized Test Dates

If you wish to submit scores for consideration, we strongly recommend that Early Decision candidates complete their standardized tests no later than October of their senior year. Regular Decision candidates should complete tests no later than December of their senior year. We do accept self-reported scores. 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.

See a full list of requirements and deadlines.