SAT/ACT Test Score Requirements
Information for Students
The University System of Georgia (USG) is made up of research universities, comprehensive universities, state universities, and state colleges. The research universities, comprehensive universities, and state universities require that freshman applicants meet minimum SAT/ACT score requirements. Four of the state colleges also require that applicants meet SAT/ACT minimums while six of them do not require the submission of SAT/ACT scores.
Students applying to a state college requiring SAT/ACT may be required to take a placement test (Accuplacer) as part of the admissions process unless their SAT/ACT scores are high enough to exempt placement screening. Those applying to a state college that does not require SAT/ACT will be screened for placement as part of admissions, unless scores meeting the minimums to exempt placement screening are submitted. Students applying to a state college that does not require SAT/ACT are encouraged to submit their scores if they meet the college’s minimum for exempting placement screening to avoid additional testing.
The USG Freshman Admission Requirements document provides the minimum scores required for admission to each of the USG colleges and universities, as well as the state college minimums required to exempt placement screening.
Some prospective students may also find it helpful to view the average test score and high school GPA information for the previous freshman class that entered their college or university of interest. This information can be found in the USG’s annual College Readiness reports.
Q. Do all of the USG colleges and universities require the submission of SAT or ACT scores?
A. The USG State, Comprehensive, and Research Universities require the submission of SAT or ACT scores and have established minimum score requirements for admission. The USG State Colleges have the option of establishing admission requirements that include a minimum SAT/ACT score requirement. The State Colleges not requiring SAT/ACT instead require students to be screened for Learning Support (LS) placement. Additional information on the State College test score requirements is provided on the USG’s State College Test Score Requirements document.
Q. Why isn’t the college or university I’ve applied to considering my new SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW) section score?
A. As the USG established minimum score requirements for students taking the new SAT, the focus was on ensuring that students would not be negatively impacted by the changes to the test. The new SAT ERW section includes a writing component but the USG admission requirements have not previously included a writing requirement. The USG did not want to introduce a new score requirement that could result in the denial of students who would likely have been admissible under the old SAT requirements. As the USG completes research on the new SAT, a minimum ERW score requirement may be introduced in the future. The USG has instead established a new SAT Reading test requirement which is comparable to the old SAT Critical Reading requirement.
Q. Why is the college or university requiring that I meet a two-digit Reading test score minimum? Aren’t all SAT scores on a 200-800 scale?
A. As mentioned in the above FAQ, the USG has opted not to implement an ERW section score requirement at this time. Instead, the USG is considering scores from the new SAT Reading test as this section is comparable to the Critical Reading section on the previous SAT. The new SAT Reading test is scored on a 10-40 scale. Once additional data on new SAT test-takers is available, the USG will complete a thorough analysis of the new SAT and an ERW score requirement may be introduced in the future.
Q. If the USG has not established minimum Evidence-based Reading & Writing (ERW) section scores for admissions, why is the college or university requiring that I meet a minimum ERW score requirement?
A. The admission requirements established by the Board of Regents for the USG are the minimums and the USG colleges and universities may establish higher requirements. Some of the colleges and universities, particularly those with competitive admissions, may also require a minimum ERW score.
Q. Why has the USG established a minimum new SAT Math test score rather than a minimum Math section score?
A. The USG is communicating the new SAT math score requirement at the Math test level to be consistent with the Reading test score requirement. The College Board has provided concordance tables to allow for scores to be compared across the old SAT Math section, new SAT Math section, and the new SAT Math test. Consequently, the USG colleges and universities may present their new SAT math requirements as either a Math test score (on the 10-40 scale) or a Math section score (on the 200-800 scale).
Q. How do I know if I have met the SAT score requirements for the college or university I want to attend?
A. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia establishes the minimum test score requirements for the public colleges and universities in the state. The colleges and universities may establish additional and/or higher requirements than those established by the Board of Regents. Students are encouraged to visit the website or to speak with an Admissions representative for the college or university they are interested in attending to learn more about their admission requirements.