Connecticut College is test optional and therefore does not require applicants to submit test scores for review.
We offer first-year applicants four options with regard to testing. Indicate your preference on the Connecticut College member page of the Common Application.
- SAT Reasoning Test (essay is not required)
- ACT (writing component is not required)
- Two SAT Subject Tests of your choice
- No Tests
We “superscore” the SAT Reasoning Test and use the combined highest composite score from the ACT. If you submit multiple SAT Subject Tests, we will consider your two highest scores from two different tests across all dates submitted. You should send scores from every SAT/ACT date for which you received your best scores in specific sections.
We will update your record each time we receive new scores and consider only your highest section scores when making a final admission decision.
If you are trying to decide whether to submit any testing, our advice is to submit your scores if you feel they are representative of your achievement and you believe they will enhance your application (see mid-50 percent range of scores submitted). If you feel your standardized test scores do not reflect your full potential, however, select the "no tests" option on the Common Application. You will not be disadvantaged in the admission process by choosing not to submit test scores.
Scores from standardized tests taken through November typically arrive in time for Early Decision I consideration. Tests taken in December will arrive in time for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.
Standardized test scores are not considered in the transfer application process.
Connecticut College's ACT code is 0556 and its SAT code is 3284.
English Proficiency Requirement
Students whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Connecticut's standardized testing policy does not apply to testing for purposes of demonstrating English proficiency. The TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE do not equate to the SAT or ACT. Therefore, neither SAT nor ACT scores may be used to demonstrate English proficiency.
Why Test Optional?
We are often asked why we do not require standardized testing. The reasons are:
- First, we take a holistic approach to application review. We do not think that three hours on a Saturday or Sunday morning is predictive of how well or to what extent a student is going to contribute to our community.
- Second, we want students to highlight their strengths in the application process. This is why we give you the option to submit any two SAT Subject Tests, the SAT Reasoning Test or the more comprehensive ACT, but we do not require them of students who feel that other areas of their application are a better reflection of their abilities.
- Third, we believe that some students are not well served by standardized testing and have found through our own studies that along with the high school transcript, items such as a student's essay, short answers, recommendations and other application materials are better predictors of how well a student will perform during their first year at the College than standardized tests.