Standardized Testing & Language Proficiency
Standardized Testing & Language Proficiency
English proficiency is required of all incoming students to the Dual BA Program, and will be assessed throughout the admission process. In addition, all applicants must submit at least one 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.
The standardized exams that can be submitted to fulfill this requirement are:
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Please note that, regardless of where an applicant's secondary education was completed, applicants who have taken the SAT (school code 2095) or the ACT (school code 2716) 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.
Subject Tests are not required for admission and will not affect admissions decisions. 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.
Please note that the testing codes above for the School of General Studies differ from those for Columbia College/Columbia Engineering; please ensure that all test scores are sent to the appropriate admissions office.
*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 (ex.: French lycée students, including those in American/British OIB sections) 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.
Regardless of the standardized test result used in the admissions process, all admitted students will be required to take the English Essay Examination offered by the Columbia University American Language Program in their second year at Sciences Po before beginning their coursework at Columbia if English is not their native language and was not the primary language of instruction in their secondary school.
French proficiency is not required for incoming students wishing to study within the Euro-Asia program in Le Havre, the Middle East and Mediterranean Program in Menton, or the Euro-America Program in Reims. Courses in these three programs are taught in English, with additional instruction provided in French and the living languages spoken in the region of focus. All non-native speakers are required to study French up to a B2 level on the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) during their time at Sciences Po. Students in the Transatlantic Program in Reims or in Menton are not required to take an academic course in French while at Sciences Po, though they are strongly encouraged to do so.
Students who wish to study within the Euro-Africa Program in Reims must be fluent in both English and French. For students applying to this program, fluency in both languages will be assessed during the admissions interviews. In addition to providing proof of English fluency, students applying for the Euro-Africa Program must also provide proof of French fluency in their application file. 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.
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:
- Diplôme approfondi en langue française (DALF), with a minimum score of C1/C2
- Test de connaissance du français (TCF), with a minimum score of B2
- AP French Language and Culture, with a mandatory score of 5
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)
Proficiency in languages common to the regions of focus in Le Havre, Menton, and Reims are not required for admission to the Dual BA Program. However, in addition to French language instruction for all non-native level speakers, students at Sciences Po will have the option to study a language from the region of focus for their program once they achieve B2-level proficiency in French. Students who have a background in a regional language will take a placement test to assess their level of fluency in advance of their first semester in the Dual BA Program.