Applying Test Optional  

Franklin & Marshall College has been and is proud to continue being a test optional institution. Applicants to Franklin & Marshall have the option to either submit SAT/ACT scores as part of their application, or to have their candidacy reviewed without standardized test scores. 

In order to apply using the Standardized Test Option, students must indicate their testing preference on the Common Application or Coalition Application when applying. The application will ask whether scores should be considered or not. If you have already submitted your standardized test scores but would like to have them deleted from your transcript and application, you can tell us through your F&M Application Portal or contact us directly to request this change.

If you are a home school or international student, please see below for additional information. 


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If You Choose to Submit SAT or ACT Scores....

You may choose to submit SAT or ACT test scores as part of the application process. If you do, F&M will "superscore" the results. For the SAT, we combine the best evidence-based reading and writing score and the best math score received, even if they come from different test dates. For the ACT, we take the highest Math, Science, Reading and English score from any tests a student takes, even if on multiple dates, and average them for a new ACT composite score. Submission of the essay portion of the SAT/ACT is optional. Students are welcome but not required to send optional subject tests. 

If you choose to submit your SAT/ACT scores, you can do so in several ways. First, you may have your official results sent directly from The College Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).  F&M's code number for each organization is listed below. Test scores will also be considered if they are listed on the official high school transcript; sent directly by an applicant's secondary school to the Office of Admission; or self-reported by the student on their Common/Coalition Application. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students who choose to self-report scores on the Common/Coalition Application and who later enroll at F&M are required to submit verified test scores at the time of their enrollment.

  • F&M SAT code number: 2261

  • F&M ACT code number: 3574

A Note to International and Home School Applicants 

English language proficiency requirements for international students

For students for whom English is a first language or who have been studying in an English-speaking curriculum for at least 3 years, F&M does not require the TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo English Test. For students with fewer than three years of English language instruction, F&M requires any of the following language proficiency examinations: TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo English Test.

Please see the International Student Application page for more information.

Home-schooled applicants

For home-schooled applicants F&M requires students to submit either their SAT or ACT scores. You may supply these test scores in a number of ways, including:

  • Reporting them on your application
  • Submitting test scores through the testing agencies
  • Supplying us with copies of score reports via email