Dickinson's long-standing test-optional policy provides you with a choice regarding the submission of standardized test scores. While many colleges and universities have only recently joined the test-optional movement, Dickinson has made the submission of SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or ACT scores optional for admission since 1996. This policy was designed for students who have demonstrated strong abilities in the classroom and who do not believe their standardized test scores accurately reflect their abilities. If you choose not to submit test scores, you must indicate so on the Dickinson members page of the Common Application. Test score submission is required for all international students applying for admission.
ACT Writing Score Delay
If you took the September ACT and wish to submit the test results but are awaiting your writing score, know that we have been assured by ACT that writing scores will be available no later than November 6, nearly ten days prior to the beginning of our application review. Should you wish to send us a screenshot of September multiple-choice scores or a copy of the ACT message indicating that your writing scores have been delayed, we would be happy to add those materials to your file as a placeholder for the full scores to come.
With the redesign of the SAT come numerous questions about how the "old" and "new" versions of the test will be handled by colleges. As the redesigned SAT is rolled out, know that Dickinson remains test optional. For those who choose to submit the SAT, we will consider "old" and/or "new" SAT scores and we will not require the essay portion of the redesigned SAT.
Score SubmissionIf you choose to submit standardized test scores, Dickinson accepts either the results from the SAT or the ACT. In reviewing SAT scores, primary consideration is given to the critical reading and math portions of the test. For the ACT, the composite score is given the most weight.
SAT Score Range (Enrolled Students)
Middle 50%: Critical Reading 590-680
Middle 50%: Math 600-700
ACT Score Range (Enrolled Students)
Middle 50%: 27-30
SAT II (Subject Test) scores are not required for admission to Dickinson although applicants may submit these scores as additional information in support of their application.
To submit standardized test results, the following codes should be used:
- SAT – 2186
- ACT - 3550