Standardized Testing

Due to ongoing testing disruptions for both the SAT and ACT exams associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dual BA Program is adopting a test-optional policy for first-year Anglophone applicants for Fall 2023. Non-native English speakers should refer to English proficiency testing requirements, which remain in effect. Please see below for how this policy will affect the admissions process.

  • If I do not submit SAT or ACT scores, will it affect my application and/or admission to the Dual BA Program? 
    Since testing is not a required component for Fall 2023 admission, students who choose not to submit test scores will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process. However, if students have previously completed testing and are able to submit SAT or ACT results, they are welcome to do so. The Office of Admissions will continue to evaluate all submitted information within the holistic and contextual review process that considers the individual circumstances shaping each applicant's journey. The rigor of a student’s curriculum, academic achievement, and demonstrated intellectual curiosity will remain central to the review of their application file.
     
  • How do I submit SAT or ACT scores if I have them? 
    Our testing policies remain the same for students who choose to submit standardized test results. The Office of Admissions will continue to accept self-reported scores but will require an official score report upon enrollment. Students with multiple test scores on file will be evaluated on the highest score they received in any individual section of that test. 
     
  • Does this policy apply to other test scores?
    Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other proficiency exam scores are not required, but the Office of Admissions will accept these results for any students who choose to submit them.

As a reminder, this policy is temporary and only applicable for first-year Anglophone students applying for Fall 2023 admission. All other applicants, please see below for detailed information on testing requirements.

What standardized test scores do I submit?

As noted above, the Dual BA Program will be adopting a one-year test-optional policy for Anglophone applicants for Fall 2023. However, students who choose to submit their Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) scores as part of their Fall 2023 application for admission should have their score reports sent directly from the testing service to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

  • The College Board (SAT and TOEFL) code for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2095.

  • The ACT code for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2716.

Please note that the testing codes above for the School of General Studies differ from those for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering; please ensure that all test scores are sent to the appropriate admissions office.

Students for whom English was not the primary language of instruction for their high school or secondary education (ex.: French lycée students, including those in American/British OIB sections) and did not live in an Anglophone country for at least three years must submit official scores from either the TOEFLIELTSDuolingo English Test, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). The Dual BA Program Admissions Committee requires a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (or 600 on the paper version), 7.0 on the IELTS, 110 on the Duolingo English Test (with no section score below 100), or a grade of B or higher on the CAE level C. Please note, English proficiency exams (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or CAE) should be received by January 2. 

In addition, applicants from non-Anglophone high schools are encouraged to submit a recent SAT or ACT score as part of their application for admission to the Dual BA Program, even if English was not the primary language of instruction during their high school or secondary education. Non-native English speakers may choose to submit an SAT or ACT score instead of a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or CAE; however, the admissions committee reserves the right to ask students to later submit a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or CAE as part of their application.

Regardless of the standardized test result used in the admissions process, all admitted students will be required to take the English Essay Examination offered by the Columbia University American Language Program in their second year at Trinity College Dublin before beginning their coursework at Columbia if English is not their native language and was not the primary language of instruction in their secondary school.

A Note on Official Documents

Unofficial documents are accepted as part of the application review process. If offered admission, in order to enroll you will be required to submit official documents. Official standardized test scores must be sent directly from the testing institutions to the School of General Studies. See testing codes above for the SAT and ACT exams. English Proficiency exams must be sent directly from the testing agency to [email protected].