What standardized tests play a role in the UVA undergraduate admission process?

The only test scores that are required by the Office of Undergraduate Admission are either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Assessment (ACT).Applicants need only submit scores from one of the two tests—both are not required.

"Because UVA accepts both and favors neither the SAT nor the ACT, students should take the test that best fits their abilities," says Greg Roberts, UVA dean of admission.

Other metrics that the admission deans use during deliberations include SAT II, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores. None of these tests is required, although the admission deans do highly recommend students take at least two SAT IIs.

SAT IIs test the student's content mastery of various subjects within the academic curriculum, including literature, foreign language, math, lab sciences and social sciences. Each SAT II is scored on an 800-point scale, and most students who have taken an honors or Advanced Placement class are prepared for the SAT II. Advanced Placement tests are associated with the AP curriculum that some schools chose to teach. Still, while some schools do not teach the AP curriculum, select students are still allowed to take AP exams. Scored on a scale of 1 to 5, applicants to UVA are encouraged to submit scores of 4 or 5.

Other schools operate under the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Each IB class is typically followed by an IB test at the end of senior year. Graded on a scale of 1 to 8, students are encouraged to submit any higher-level test score above a 5.