If I choose to submit standardized test results, could that impact my chances of admission?

Yes. When submitted as part of the application, test scores will be considered by the Admission Committee to inform our decisions. Given variations in high school grading practices, test scores provide the Admission Committee with another assessment tool to be used in placing students' academic performance in the context of our global applicant pool.

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Can I switch my testing plan after submitting my Common Application?

Students who submit standardized test results to Boston College and indicate on their applications that they wish to have scores considered, will be unable to switch their application to test-optional at a later point in time. Once scores become part of a student's file, they cannot be removed.

Students who apply as test-optional candidates and later wish to have the Admission Committee consider their standardized test results may request to do so in writing at bcapplicant@bc.edu. For full consideration, students should contact us directly as close to our deadlines as possible.

How do I know if I should submit my scores?

Applicants to Boston College are academically accomplished and generally rank in the top 10% of their high school classes. Similarly, students who rank among the top 10% of national test-takers have earned SAT scores of 1380 and ACT scores of 31. As high school grading practices vary widely, students who submit test scores provide the Admission Committee with a supporting credential to note that student's performance at a high level. 

Does this policy apply to international students?

Yes. International students will still be required to demonstrate English language proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, or Duoligo English Test results. This English language proficiency requirement may be waived for students who speak English as their native language, have attended a US high school for at least three years in a non-ESOL curriculum, or submit standardized test results including scores of 650 or greater on the SAT EBRW or 29 or greater on the ACT English section. Learn more here.

Does this policy apply to home-schooled students?

Yes. That said, because the Admission Committee has little context in which to evaluate home-schooled students’ academic results, standardized test results are extremely helpful to the Admission Committee. Home-schooled applicants are strongly encouraged to submit credentials that allow us to put their applications in context with others in our pool. Other quantitative measures that students may also consider submitting include AP exam scores and/or college coursework. Official college transcripts should be submitted for all college courses completed.

Does this policy apply to athletic recruits?

Yes. NCAA has removed the test score requirement for athletic eligibility in the 2022-23 admission cycle. The NCAA has not yet determined an eligibility policy for the 2023-24 admission cycle or beyond. Recruited athletes are responsible for ensuring their NCAA eligibility.

Will students who do not submit standardized test results be eligible for the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program?


Yes. All applicants who submit their admission applications by November 1 will be eligible for consideration of one of 18 Presidential Scholarships. Learn more about applying for the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program.


Will Boston College remain test-optional in the future?

At Boston College, standardized testing provides meaningful context as we evaluate candidates with varying degrees of curricular rigor across more than 8,000 high schools from which we receive applications. Our research has routinely demonstrated that the inclusion of standardized testing as part of our holistic review provides the greatest predictive value toward ensuring student success.

To that end, we will study academic performance metrics for BC’s first test-optional classes (the Class of 2025 and 2026) to inform future policy decisions.