Standardized Testing Requirements:
Hamilton's applicants are best served by being provided with a variety of ways to meet our standardized test requirement. They include:
- The SAT (Essay optional for redesigned SAT); OR
- The ACT (Writing Section optional); OR
- Three individual exams of your choice, selected from SAT sections, SAT subject tests, ACT writing, AP scores or IB final exams*. One must be a verbal or writing/essay test, one must be a quantitative test, and the third is your choice. The following tests satisfy Hamilton's quantitative and verbal/writing requirements:
Acceptable Quantitative Tests: SAT Math; SAT Subject Tests in Math, Chemistry, or Physics; AP Computer Science, Chemistry, Economics, Math, or Physics; IB final exam results for Chemistry, Computing Studies, Economics, Math, Physics, or Physical and Chemical Systems*
Acceptable Verbal/Writing Tests: Old SAT Critical Reading; Old SAT Writing; SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; ACT Writing; AP English Language and Composition; official IB final exam results for Language (A1, A2, or B English); TOEFL or IELTS (for International students ONLY)
Hamilton's CEEB and TOEFL Designated Institution Code is 2286.
Important Notes about Hamilton's Philosophy Regarding Standardized Testing:
- Hamilton requires standardized testing because it is one of several valid predictors of academic success on our campus. However, please remember it is one of many factors that we will consider in our holistic review of your application.
- It is Hamilton's policy to select the testing options that will serve you best. Some students do better on the ACT than the SAT, while others excel in SAT subject tests. For this reason, we do not recommend any one test over another. We strongly encourage you to submit all of your testing to Hamilton and the Admission Committee will choose the best scores for you.
- We do not exercise testing minimums and a quick glance at Hamilton's distribution of scores for admits will demonstrate that candidates have been successful with a wide range of scores. Generally speaking, however, admitted students who score in the lower range of Hamilton's test scores are exceptional students who compensate in other compelling ways.
- While Hamilton's practice is to "superscore" tests (meaning that the Admission Committee will combine the best Math SAT score from multiple sittings with the best Critical Reading from another, and the same for ACT sub-sections), we will not superscore the new and old SAT sections together.
- Some students have expressed confusion regarding the new SAT and how it will be used by colleges in the first year, and we want to reassure all potential applicants that no one will be advantaged or disadvantaged in our selection process based on which version of the SAT they take. We are optimistic about the many improvements The College Board has made to the SAT, but one of the most noteworthy changes is the test scores students will receive. Therefore, when students look at the score ranges for students admitted to Hamilton in prior years, they should be cognizant that those ranges are based on the old SAT. The College Board has provided a handy online SAT Score Converter that will help translate new scores to old (or vice versa) as well as a general concordance table.
- Hamilton wants you to do as well as possible on testing, but it is more important that you do your best work in the classroom. If you are concerned about how to prepare for the new SAT in particular, we encourage you to utilize The College Board's personalized and free practice resources that are provided in partnership with Khan Academy.
Testing Centers and Deadlines:
Please refer to the College Board and ACT websites for the most current test dates and information:
- Tests taken through October and early November of your senior year (or the year prior to your enrollment) will be received in time for Early Decision Round I.
- Tests taken through December test dates will be received in time for Early Decision Round II applicants.
- Tests taken in January may be received in time for consideration for Regular Decision but there is no guarantee they will be received in time to influence your decision.
- If you have particular needs, questions, or requests that relate to late testing submissions, please be in touch with the Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.