These standardized testing requirements changes are applicable to all first-year applicants, including international students, student-athletes, homeschooled students, etc.
Three*-year Moratorium on requirement and consideration of SAT and/or ACT test scores
In June 2020, Caltech enacted a two-year moratorium on both the requirement and consideration of SAT and/or ACT test scores as part of the undergraduate admissions process. *As of July 2021, the original two-year moratorium was extended an additional third year. This change, made in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on access to these exams for students across the country and globe, will be in effect for all first-year students applying to Caltech for Fall 2021, Fall 2022, and Fall 2023 (updated as of July 2021).
Elimination of the requirement for SAT Subject Tests
In January 2020, Caltech eliminated the requirement for applicants to submit two SAT Subject Tests. These sections will not be considered in the application review process. This change is in effect for those students applying for the Caltech class that begins in the fall of 2021. Click here for more information about this change our admissions process.
Continued Emphasis on Curriculum and Academic Preparedness
In lieu of test scores, the Admissions Committee will increase its focus on the review and evaluation of a student's academic preparedness prior to applying to Caltech. We strongly suggest you review the Academic Preparation Requirements webpage for an understanding of how the Committee will assess your preparedness for the Caltech curriculum.
For more information about how these changes impact our holistic review process, click here to read our philosophy on the admission process.