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Standardized Testing

What are your SAT and ACT requirements?
What is your middle 50% for the SAT and ACT?
How do you evaluate the writing section of the SAT?
Do you require SAT Subject Tests?
Are SAT Subject Tests used for placement?
Should I take the TOEFL?

What are your SAT and ACT requirements?

W&M requires freshman applicants to submit either SAT or ACT scores. If both sets of scores are submitted, we will only use the higher score. For the SAT, we will use the best score on the math section, the best score on the critical reading section and the writing section regardless of the number of times the test is taken. For the ACT test, we will use the best composite score. Some students score better on the SAT, while others score better on the ACT; therefore, we encourage students to take both tests.  William & Mary does honor the College Board's Score Choice.
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What is your middle 50% for the SAT and ACT?

For the SAT, our middle 50% is 1270-1470 on critical reading and math; 25% of our latest freshman class scored above 1470 and 25% scored below 1270.
For the ACT, the middle 50% is 29-33; 25% of our latest freshman class scored above 33 and 25% scored below 29.
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How do you evaluate the writing section of the SAT?

William & Mary places more emphasis on the critical reading and math section of the SAT. While we will see the writing score in the evaluation of an application, we place more emphasis on the personal essay than the writing SAT score.
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Do you require SAT Subject Tests?

SAT IIs are not required at W&M. However, homeschooled applicants are strongly encouraged to submit SAT IIs in the following areas: math, writing and a lab science.
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Are SAT Subject Tests used for placement?

Generally, SAT IIs are not used for placement. With respect to foreign language, a score of at least 600 on the French, German, Russian or Spanish test, or a score of 650 on the Latin test, will exempt a student from W&M's foreign language requirement. Keep in mind, however, that this requirement is waived if a student has taken four years of a foreign language in high school. (See FAQ: Academics: "Is Foreign Language required?")
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Should I take the TOEFL?

If English is not your native language, or if your schooling during the past five years or more has been in a language other than English, the College urges you to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test. Any student who has spoken a language other than English in the home should strongly consider submitting TOEFL or IELTS test scores as they give the Admission Committee additional testing to use together with the verbal part of the SAT or the ACT.

Generally, the College is looking for a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the pencil/paper test, a minimum score of 250 on the computer-based test or a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test. If you take the TOEFL, you must still also take the SAT or ACT. More information is available for international students.
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