Your Scores.


Test Optional Policy

Standardized Test Policy

Applicants for undergraduate admission to the College of Liberal Arts are not required to submit SAT/ACT test scores. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider high school grades, course of study, recommendations, application essay and extracurricular involvement when making admissions decisions. Applicants should indicate if they will submit scores when completing the application.

How Do We Use Scores?

For Scholarship Consideration

Drew’s top merit scholarships, such as the Baldwin Honors and Presidential scholarships, do require minimum SAT/ACT scores for consideration. However, students applying under Drew’s test optional policy are considered for the Dean’s Scholarship and Drew Scholarship which are both awarded largely based on academic achievement in high school.

The rSAT (or “New” SAT)

In 2016 the College Board began to administer the rSAT, more commonly referred to as the “New” SAT.  All Drew admissions and merit aid policies have been updated to reflect the rSAT’s new 1600-point scale.

Which Scores are Considered?

Students may submit all standardized test scores, whether the (old) SAT, rSAT or ACT. For students submitting multiple test scores or test types Drew will use the highest available composite score, converted to the rSAT equivalent.

SAT Composite Super Scoring

When results from multiple College Board test dates are submitted, Drew will “super score” SAT scores. In other words, an applicant’s best SAT Math score combined with the best SAT Verbal score will produce a super score SAT composite (400-1600). Likewise, the best rSAT Math section score and the best rSAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) produce a super score rSAT composite (400-1600).  Please note, sections from the old SAT and the new rSAT will not be combined.

Super scored “old” SAT composites will be converted to the equivalent rSAT composite. The highest post-conversion score is considered by the admissions and scholarship committees.

ACT Scores

When evaluating applicants who submit ACT scores, Drew’s admissions and scholarship committees primarily consider the ACT composite score. If results from multiple test dates are submitted, the highest single ACT composite score is used. While all sub-scores are presented to the committee, Drew does not formally “super score” ACT results.

For applicants submitting both ACT and College Board scores, the highest composite score is used. The highest composite score will be determined by comparing the SAT or ACT composite score to the rSAT score equivalent.

The Policy in Action

Score Conversion Tables