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Standardized Testing Requirements

Drexel requires all freshman applicants to submit standardized test scores, but we offer some flexibility in which test(s) will fulfill our standardized test score requirement.

Note: Accelerated degree applicants are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Applicants to these programs are welcome to submit additional test results for further consideration.

The University will consider your highest section scores on the SAT, but is not able to consider your highest section score across the original and redesigned versions of the SAT. Final admission decisions are made using only the highest scores. Each time you submit scores, the University updates your application file with any new high scores. If you submit ACT scores and the composite score is higher than the SAT section scores, the ACT scores will be considered for admission.

Submit results from one of the following:

SAT Reasoning Test

We consider the highest score across each SAT test date of the same exam, but cannot compare scores from different versions of the SAT. We will not require the optional essay offered with the redesigned SAT Reasoning Test. Drexel's College Board test code is 2194.

ACT Exam

The writing test is not required. We consider the highest Composite score from any given test date. Drexel's ACT test code is 3556.

Two SAT Subject Test Scores

Applicants who submit SAT subject tests are required to present scores from one test that measures quantitative reasoning skills (math or science) and one test that measures verbal/writing skills (humanities or literature). Additionally, for students applying to the LeBow College of Business, one of the tests must be in mathematics. For students applying to Engineering programs, one of the tests must be mathematics or a science that directly correlates with their primary program of study. Drexel's College Board test code is 2194.

Math or Science Exams

  • SAT Biology EM
  • SAT Chemistry
  • SAT Physics
  • SAT Math Level 1 & 2

Humanities or Literature Exams

  • SAT Literature
  • SAT United States History
  • SAT World History

Two AP Exam Scores

Applicants who submit AP scores are required to present scores from one test that measures quantitative reasoning skills (math or science) and one test that measures verbal/writing skills (humanities or literature). Additionally, for students applying to the LeBow College of Business, one of the tests must be in mathematics. For students applying to Engineering programs, one of the tests must be mathematics or a science that directly correlates with their primary program of study. Drexel's College Board test code is 2194.

Math or Science Exams

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB & BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1, 2 & B
  • AP Physics C; Electricity & Magnetism
  • AP Physics C: Mechanism
  • AP Statistics

Humanities or Literature Exams

  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP European History
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History

International Baccalaureate Diploma or Two IB High-Level Exam Scores

Applicants are required to present scores from one test that measures quantitative reasoning skills (math or science) and one test that measures verbal/writing skills (humanities or literature). Predicted IB scores may be accepted in some cases. Please email enroll@drexel.edu to determine eligibility.

Math or Science Exams

  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Computer Science
  • IB Physics
  • IB Environmental Systems & Societies
  • IB Mathematics

Humanities or Literature Exams

  • IB Language A: Literature
  • IB Language A: Language & Literature
  • IB History
  • IB Philosophy

National Exam Results

Drexel will accept results from a national exam that is considered to signify completion of secondary school and is determined to be preparation for entrance into a local university. The national exam must be approved by the Drexel admissions team.

Review the current list of National Exams that fulfill the standardized testing requirement.

Additional Testing Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers

International applicants whose first (or native) language is not English and have not completed a minimum of 3 years of instruction in English must take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE (Pearsons) and request that results be forwarded to the Admissions Office. Additionally, permanent residents whose first language is not English may be requested to submit official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores. Drexel's TOEFL school code is 2194. Exemptions may occur for the following reasons:

  • Your first (or native) language is English.
  • You have studied at a high school for a minimum of three years where English is the primary language of instruction. We strongly recommend that students who choose this exemption still submit both the SAT or ACT and TOEFL or IELTS exams to demonstrate English language proficiency.
  • You have received a minimum score of 600 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section or a minimum score of 27 on the ACT English section.

Drexel encourages you to submit scores each time you take the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test. The University will consider your highest section scores across all test dates submitted. Final admission decisions are made using only the highest scores. Each time you submit scores, the University updates your record with any new high scores. If you submit ACT scores and the Composite score is higher than the SAT section scores, the ACT scores will be considered for admission.