Do I need a minimum required SAT, ACT or Subject Test score?

Frequently Asked Questions


There are no score cutoffs, and we do not admit “by the numbers.” For the SAT, we will review your highest test scores in each section across test dates and any other scores you choose to share with us. For the ACT, we will evaluate your highest composite score and any other scores you choose to share with us. We take into account your educational background when reviewing your scores. You are free to use the College Board’s Score Choice option and/or the similar option offered by ACT when applying to Harvard, but you do not need to. The majority of students admitted represent a range of scores from roughly 600 to 800 on each section of the SAT as well as on the SAT Subject Tests. The 25th percentile for admitted students on the SAT is about 1470; the 75th percentile is about 1570. For the ACT, the 25th percentile of admitted students score a 33 and the 75th percentile score a 35. We regard test results as helpful indicators of academic ability and achievement when considered thoughtfully among many other factors.