Standardized Testing Requirements and Test Optional Policy

Babson has adopted a Test Optional Policy for first-year applicants for the next three academic years: 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25. Non-native English speakers will still be required to submit English language exam scores, or request a waiver. Students who do not submit test scores will be treated in the same manner as those who do. All of our applicants will be considered in a contextual and holistic way. Additionally, all applicants will be reviewed for merit scholarships regardless of test score submission.

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SAT or ACT Testing Requirements

Babson has adopted a Test Optional Policy for first-year applicants for the next three academic years: 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25.

If you choose to provide the SAT or ACT, you may provide self-reported test scores. Once admitted, students who enroll at Babson must submit official scores.

If you have taken the SAT or ACT more than once, Babson will superscore—use the best individual section scores—in reviewing your application. Babson College does not require the optional writing section on either the SAT or ACT. SAT II subject tests are not required. 

SAT reporting code 3075. ACT reporting code 1780.

English Testing Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must prove sufficient English proficiency by submitting an official standardized test result for English proficiency from one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) examination 
  • The Duolingo English Test or the Cambridge Assessment English Qualifications—C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency or C1 Business Higher accepted

The admission committee will look at these examinations when assessing your SAT or ACT scores, if provided, to best understand your level of proficiency. We do offer waivers for students who have demonstrated high proficiency in reading, writing, and English.

Advanced Placement

Entering students may be granted credits and/or advanced course placement for the successful completion of the Advanced Placement (AP) examination given by the Educational Testing Service of the College Entrance Examination Board, the International Baccalaureate, the Swiss Matura, or the completion of coursework at an accredited college or university.

Find more details about advanced credits, or speak with an academic advisor to learn more.

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