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Standardized Testing Policies

Drexel is Test-Optional for first-year students applying for fall entry. This means with some exceptions, applicants can choose whether to include standardized test scores as part of their application to the University.

Students applying to the Winter Entry Program (January 2021) are required to submit standardized test scores by following the Test-Flexible Policy described below.

Test-Optional Policy

Given the significant challenges applicants for fall 2021 are currently facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Drexel is adopting a Test-Optional policy for 2021 fall start applicants. This policy will allow students to decide whether they would like to submit standardized test scores to be included as part of their application. First-year applicants applying for entry in fall 2021 will indicate on their admissions application if they will be supplying test scores for consideration. Test-Optional applicants will still be considered for institutional merit-based scholarships.

For applicants who decide to submit scores, please see our Test-Flexible policy for a list of eligible standardized tests.

Note: Students applying to the BS/BA+MD Early Assurance applicants are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Applicants may also be asked to submit SAT or ACT scores for accelerated degree program consideration.

Test-Flexible Policy

For first-year applicants who decide to submit scores, the University offers some flexibility in which test(s) will fulfill our standardized test score requirement. If you would like to be considered with scores other than SAT I or ACT, please email enroll@drexel.edu.

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 will consider the highest section scores across each ACT test date for fall 2021 applicants and highest composite score across each testing date for winter (January 2021) applicants. 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 Higher Level Exam Scores

Applicants who are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program are required to present either the final diploma or predicted exam results. Applicants who wish to use IB exam results as part of our testing flexible policy are required to submit scores from one higher level test that measures quantitative reasoning skills (math or science) and one higher level 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: Analysis and Approaches
  • IB Mathematics: Application and Interpretations

Humanities or Literature Exams

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

GCE Advanced-Level Examinations

All applicants who are enrolled in a GCE Advanced-level curriculum are required to be enrolled and sit for a minimum of two A-level exams. Applicants who wish to use A-level exam results as part of our testing flexible policy 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 A-level results may be accepted in some cases. Please email enroll@drexel.edu to determine eligibility.

Math or Science Exams

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics – Further
  • Physics

Humanities or Literature Exams

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern and Classical Languages

National Exam Results

Drexel may accept results from a national exam that is considered to signify completion of senior 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 three full 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 full 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.

TOEFL MyBest™ Score policy: For full exam results submitted, the University will consider your highest section scores on the TOEFL exam.

For applicants from Mainland China: The TOEFL ITP Plus for China is accepted in all cases where the TOEFL iBT is accepted.

If you believe you qualify for an exemption for a requirement listed above, please email enroll@drexel.edu.