Applying Test Optional  

  • Ted Yoder ’12 works out some computations in the Hackman Physical Sciences Building, where he laid the groundwork for his current pursuit of a Ph.D. in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Students who do not believe their standardized test scores reflect their academic ability are welcome to apply to Franklin & Marshall test-optional. 

In order to use the Standardized Testing Option, students must indicate their intent to do so on their Common Application or Coalition Application. If you have already submitted your standardized test scores, but would like to have them deleted from your transcript and application, you can contact us directly to request this change. 

Note to our home-schooled applicants

Home schooled applicants are required to provide testing.  You may supply these tests to us in a number of ways:

  • report on your application
  • submit test through the testing agencies
  • supply us with copies of score reports via email
Note to our international applicants

While the test optional policy will apply for SAT or ACT, we still require international applicants to provide scores from either TOEFL or IELTS .  Please see the International Student Application page for more information

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, and 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.

If you are submitting SAT/ACT scores, official results must come directly from The College Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Test scores will also be received if listed on the official high school transcript. 

  • F&M SAT code number: 2261

  • F&M ACT code number: 3574

High School Seniors:
F&M and the New SAT

The Facts

The College Board recently made significant design and scoring changes to the SAT exam. Implementation of the redesigned test began with the rollout of the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) in October 2015. The New SAT was recently launched in March 2016.

The new SAT scoring system will consist of an overall composite score based on a scale of 400-1600. Additional section scores and subscores will indicate performance in several academic areas. The essay portion of the new SAT is now optional.

F&M's Policy on the New SAT

In response to the changes made by the College Board, Franklin & Marshall College will accept test scores taken in either SAT test format for all Class of 2017 and Class of 2018 high school graduates. It is expected that Class of 2019 high school graduates will take the test in its new format, with exceptions granted on a case-by-case basis. Class of 2016 high school graduates should be largely unaffected by changes to the SAT, although applicants with special circumstances should contact the F&M Admission Office.

The essay section of the New SAT will be optional as part of the F&M application process. 

What Will Stay the Same

F&M will continue its policy of super-scoring the “section scores” of the SAT exam. However, the College will not superscore between the old and new SAT formats. 

It should also noted that F&M will continue to offer the Standardized Test Option for all  students. The ACT (American College Test) is also an alternative standardized test option available to applicants and is accepted interchangeably with the SAT


F&M SAT Guideline Summary (2016-2019)


Class of 2017 HS Graduates

New or Old SAT Format


Class of 2018 HS Graduates

New or Old SAT Format


Class of 2019 HS Graduates

New SAT Format (contact us if you have special circumstances)

Transfer Applicants

New or Old SAT Format, if HS graduation date is 2018 or earlier


F&M will be as flexible as possible over the next few years with regard to our SAT policies, and we will adjust our policies based on the best available research regarding the overall effectiveness of the new SAT format. Any changes to our policies will be posted on our website in a timely manner.