Freshman Admission FAQs
Please see the Staying on Course document for detailed information about the USG’s Required High School Curriculum and related FAQs.
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.
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. The requirements for each USG college and university can be found on the Freshman Admission Requirements document.
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