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WSU SAT & ACT Scores

Does WSU require a standardized test for admission?

Yes, WSU requires either the ACT or SAT as part of the freshman admission requirements. We use the test scores as part of the review process, but it’s important to note that grade point average, the courses a student takes, and grade trends are more important in our selection process.

If you have been impacted by an SAT or ACT cancellation, please see WSU’s SAT/ACT updated requirements.

Does WSU prefer the ACT or the SAT?

WSU accepts the ACT, the old SAT and the redesigned SAT tests equally; there is no preference. Test scores must come directly from the testing agency in order to be considered official.

What is “Superscoring” and does WSU do this?

“Superscoring” means taking a student’s best section score from more than one sitting of the same test, and adding them together to give the student the best possible overall score.

For students who have taken BOTH the old and new versions of the SAT, we will still “Superscore” among a student’s sittings on the old SAT (taken before March 2016) and —SEPARATELY— on the redesigned SAT (taken March 2016 and beyond). We will not mix scores from the two versions of the SAT as the tests are constructed differently.

In cases where a student has taken more than one test (ACT, old SAT, redesigned SAT or any combination) WSU uses nationally recognized concordance tables to determine which of the scores is relatively higher to give the student the benefit of the best concorded score.

How can I get my test scores sent to WSU?

Have your SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency. All WSU campuses use the same code for the SAT (4705) and the ACT (4482)

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