Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Standardized Testing

Test scores are important and good scores help, but they are not an absolute criterion. Our review process looks for evidence of a student's motivation, creativity, character, unique talents, and experiences that shape the quality of life in and out of the classroom.

Class Entering Standardized Testing Requirements
Freshman applicants for
Fall 2017
All freshman applicants must submit at least one of the following:
  • the old SAT (Reading, Math, and Writing) and two SAT Subject Tests in fields related to their proposed area of study
  • the new, redesigned SAT (Reading/Writing/Language and Math - SAT Essay is optional) and two Subject Tests in fields related to their proposed area of study or
  • the ACT (Writing is optional)
Transfer applicants for
Fall 2017
All transfer applicants must submit the SAT or ACT.

Applicants should send all test scores to Rice

Rice uses the highest scores from any sitting on the same version of the SAT in order to consider each applicant's most positive test results. Recognizing that this policy could disadvantage those students who cannot afford repeated testing or expensive test prep coaching, we believe a comprehensive testing history provides us with the appropriate context required for making a fair judgment of what the test scores mean in a holistic admission process. Therefore, we require all applicants submitting the SAT to submit all scores to Rice.

The ACT's definition of a composite score is the average of the four multiple-choice scale scores from a single administration of the exam. Therefore, it is Rice’s policy to use the highest ACT composite score in admission consideration from a single administration.

Official scores must be sent for a complete application

All scores must be sent directly from the testing organization. Rice's College Board code is 6609, our ACT code is 4152, and our TOEFL code is 6609.

Additional testing requirement for international citizens

In addition to the required tests listed above, applicants whose first language and language of instruction is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 600 on the paper-based test and 100 on the internet-based test. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 7. Rice's TOEFL code is 6609. Applicants may be exempt from this requirement if the language of instruction at the school(s) they attended for the most recent two full years (minimum) is English.

If you have received two or more years of school instruction in English, you are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

For information on test score deadlines:

Download the Freshman or Transfer Application Checklist for a complete list of application requirements and deadlines. These checklists include the dates of the last standardized testing exams from which we will accept official test scores in order to complete your admission application.