Standardized Testing

Standardized Testing

All applicants must submit a standardized test score as part of their application for admission. Standardized testing requirements for Dual BA Program applicants vary depending upon where an applicant's secondary education was completed and the international program to which the applicant is applying for years one and two at Sciences Po; please see the appropriate requirements below.

Please note that, regardless of where an applicant's secondary education was completed, applicants who have taken the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) must submit test scores sent to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

Students or Graduates of Anglophone High Schools

If English was the primary language of instruction for the candidate's high school or secondary education, he or she must submit a recent Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) score. Scores should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the testing service.  Official* scores from the SAT or the ACT taken within the last eight years are required. Standardized scores must be reported directly from the testing service to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

While not required by the admissions committee, students who wish to submit SAT Subject Test results as part of their application for admission are welcome to do so, in addition to their SAT or ACT results. Please note that SAT Subject Tests alone cannot fulfill the standardized testing requirement.

  • The ETS code number for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2095.
  • The ACT code number for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2716.

*Official documents are those that arrive in a sealed envelope directly from the testing service.

Students or Graduates of Non-Anglophone High Schools

Students for whom English was not the primary language of instruction for their high school or secondary education must submit official scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) scores. 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, or a grade of B or higher on the CAE level C.

In addition, all students are also strongly 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. Applicants should arrange to have recent test scores sent to the GS Admissions Office directly from the test administrator. Non-native English speakers may choose to submit an SAT or ACT score instead of a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE; however, the admissions committee reserves the right to ask students to later submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE as part of their application.

Students Applying to the Sciences Po Euro-Africa Program

If French was not the primary language of instruction for the candidate’s high school or secondary education, he or she must submit results from a recent Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) exam in addition to their other standardized test scores. Scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing service. All non-native French speakers must submit standardized exam results to demonstrate French fluency. The Dual BA Program Admissions Committee requires the equivalent to a minimum score of B2 on the DELF. Other standardized tests that can be used to fulfill this requirement are:

Exempted Students | French Language Testing Requirement

Applicants to the Euro-Africa program are exempt from the French Language Testing Requirement if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Those who are enrolled in a French lycée, pursuing the baccalauréat (any stream)
  • Those who have completed a minimum of three years of secondary school studies in a French-language environment
  • Those who are following the International Baccalaureat, and who have chosen French as their main language of study (A1/A2 level only)
  • Those who are following the European Baccalaureat, and who have chosen French as their main language of study (Linguistic section with French as the native language or LV1)