Test-optional FAQs

We understand that students are facing unprecedented challenges in preparing for and taking standardized exams so Binghamton University will not require standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) for spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022. Binghamton is committed to reducing barriers to access.

  • What does test-optional mean?

    Test-optional gives you control over your application and allows you to decide if you want to submit test scores (ACT or SAT) to Binghamton. As always, Binghamton remains committed to access. We understand that this year’s unique challenges for students applying for admission may mean that you may not have had a chance to take (or retake) the ACT or SAT exam. Therefore, Binghamton will not require these tests for admission for spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022.

    However, we also recognize that some students have taken the ACT or SAT and may want to submit them to Binghamton. In this test-optional period that choice is entirely up to you. The Admissions Committee is prepared to review applications with or without test scores.

  • What factors will you consider in my admission application to make a decision?

    Binghamton University fully reviews all pieces of the application. We value students who challenge themselves academically as well as outside of the classroom. Strong applications will highlight the well-roundedness of the student. We are looking for students who will perform well academically and will also contribute to the active Binghamton campus community. While the most important piece of the application continues to be the high school transcript, we seek out students who are leaders, athletes, musicians, researchers, environmentalists, passionate about causes, driven, self-starters, political activists and so much more. And, of course, if you choose to submit test scores, we will consider them as well.

  • Should I submit test scores?

    It’s up to each student to determine how to best present themselves in their application. For some students, that will include submitting test scores. If test scores are submitted, they are still just one piece of the overall application. The high school transcript, essay, extracurriculars and letter of recommendation will also be reviewed in order to make a decision on the applicant.

  • How do I tell you that I plan to submit test scores?

    After you submit your application, we will send you an email asking you to inform us of your choice. Note: Once your choice is submitted, it cannot be changed. In cases of unexpected test site cancellations reach out to Admissions directly to discuss options. 

    Binghamton will not begin communicating with you until the beginning of October. At that point, we will send an email with information on how to let us know whether you will be submitting test scores.

    Your application is not complete until you answer this question. For early action applicants, you must make a choice no later than Dec. 1. For regular decision applicants, you must make a choice no later than Feb. 1.



  • Are there any additional documents or application requirements that must be submitted if I choose not to submit a test score? 

    No additional or supplementary materials are required with this option. 

  • How will you select students for special programs, such as Binghamton University Scholars, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program and the Source Project?

    Invitations to these programs are selective and are based on full review of the admission application. All admitted students will be considered, regardless of whether they provided test scores.

  • I’m interested in an Early Assurance program. Do I need to submit test scores?

    Some joint early assurance programs do require test scores. If you’re interested in one of these programs, contact us at admit@binghamton.edu.

  • Will you still accept self-reported test scores for first-year applicants?

    Yes. See our self-reported test score policy for more information to see if you’re eligible to self-report test scores. All students who self-report and then enroll at Binghamton will be required to submit official test scores that verify the scores that were self-reported.

    Note: Once you self-report scores, these scores will be considered in the admission process.



  • I’m a transfer. Do I need to submit official test scores?
    No. You’re not required to submit official test scores. The Admissions Committee will fully review all pieces of the application and will strongly weigh your post-high school graduation coursework. For applicants with fewer than 24 credits post-high school graduation, we will continue to require your final high school transcript and your high school coursework will be considered by the Admissions committee. Test scores can be optionally submitted.
  • I’m an international applicant. Do I need to submit ACT or SAT scores?

    International applicants are required to submit a test demonstrating English proficiency. Binghamton accepts the following tests for demonstrating English proficiency: TOEFL iBT, IELTS, Duolingo, SAT and ACT. Transfer students can submit two college-level English (non-ESL) courses or equivalent from a U.S. college or university in place of an exam.

  • I’m an athlete. Do I need to submit official test scores? 

    Test scores are not required for an admission decision. However, as a Division I student athlete, you must meet all NCAA eligibility requirements, which may include submitting test scores (if applicable per NCAA Eligibility Center requirements). If you have additional questions, contact our Office of NCAA Compliance at ncaacompliance@binghamton.edu

  • If I had SAT or ACT scores sent before applying, can my application be reviewed without considering these scores? 

    This will be based on how you respond to the form on your checklist that we send you after we receive your application. Scores previously sent to Binghamton will either be considered or ignored depending on your response.

  • When can I begin applying to Binghamton University under the test-optional choice? 

    Beginning Aug. 1, 2020, students can apply for spring 2021 and fall 2021 terms. We will begin communicating with you regarding your application and test-optional choice in early October.

  • Can I change my mind about having scores considered?

    No. We encourage students to think carefully about their decision to supply test scores before applying. However, students with extenuating circumstances, such as a test administration being canceled, may contact an admissions counselor to discuss their situation.

    After you submit your application, we’ll send you an email asking you to inform us of your choice. Note that once your choice is submitted, it cannot be changed. In cases of unexpected test site cancellations, reach out to Admissions directly to discuss options. 
    Binghamton will not begin communicating with you until the beginning of October. At that point, we will send an email with information on how to let us know whether you will be submitting test scores.

    Your application is not complete until you answer this question. For early action applicants, you must make a choice no later than Dec. 1. For regular decision applicants, you must make a choice no later than Feb. 1.

  • If I’m denied admission, can I be re-reviewed with/without test scores?

    All admission decisions are final. We assure you that your application will be thoroughly reviewed.

  • I’m a junior and won’t be applying until next year. Will I be required to submit SAT or ACT scores?

    The test-optional policy is in place for students applying for spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022. Therefore, at this time, we encourage juniors to plan to take the SAT or ACT to submit as part of their fall 2022 application.