This is a brief overview of our test requirements. Please visit our Tests & Scores page for more details.
All applicants must meet the same testing requirements. You may not substitute other exams (such as IB, A Levels, IELTS, etc.) for the testing requirements. Students from countries where the SAT and ACT are not available to all students (such as Iran and the People's Republic of China) will be considered without a full set of required test scores on a case-by-case basis.
We do not have a minimum or recommended scores for the tests. You may view testing statistics from the most recent admissions cycle here.
TOEFL is not "required" although it is a test option. If you choose the TOEFL option, the minimum score is 90. We do not accept IELTS.
EA applicants may take tests through Nov. 30, but MIT must be listed as a score recipient of the November exam.
RA applicants may take tests through Dec. 31, but MIT must be listed as a score recipient of the December exam.
For native English speakers:
We require the SAT or the ACT (new or old tests accepted). We do not prefer one over the other. In addition, we require two SAT Subject Tests: one in math (level 1 or 2), and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). We do not have a preference as to which science you take or which level math you take.
For non-native English speakers:
You have two options: 1) take the tests required for native English speakers (see above), or 2) you may take the TOEFL and two SAT Subject Tests, one in math (level 1 or 2) and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m).
MIT's code for SAT and TOEFL is 3514
MIT's code for ACT is 1858