As a part of the candidate’s application, Pomona College requires either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. In submitting their application for admission consideration, we recommend students send to Pomona reports of all test scores, whether ACT, SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject tests.

Information below addresses general requirements for first-year students, transfer students, and specific issues for international and home-schooled students.

First-Year and Transfer Students

The SAT and ACT

In order to complete an application, students should submit results from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. The writing section on both is optional, but recommended. SAT subject tests are no longer required, but may be sent as part of a complete testing profile. 

Pomona College suggests that applicants submit all SAT and ACT scores from all test dates. The Admissions Committee will consider your highest section scores across all test dates. Final admissions decisions will be made using only your highest individual test scores. For more information about our testing philosophy, please visit our page on Pomona College's Policy on Reporting Standardized Testing Results.

Each time you submit scores, Pomona College will update your record with any new individual high scores. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT or ACT can benefit you by allowing Pomona College to fully consider your application in the context of your best testing performance.

Because the essay samples will be released only to official score recipients, applicants to the College must identify Pomona directly to the College Board to receive official test results.

Transfer students must submit either the SAT or ACT.

Detailed information on the redesigned (“new”) SAT can be found here.

Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled students will follow the same testing requirements as other candidates, but will be expected to submit additional testing. SAT Reasoning Test or ACT results must be submitted with scores from four SAT Subject Tests or a combination of four Subject Tests and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Higher Level examination results in a variety of fields.

International Students - TOEFL or IELTS

Students who have not attended a school where English is the medium of instruction must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with their application materials, in addition to scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT results (where available).If providing these results presents a hardship, please contact the Admissions Office for alternatives.