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Submitting standardized test scores

Scores from the SAT or ACT Plus Writing are required for admission. Test scores are valid only if they are sent directly from the testing agency to the UW. Test scores reported on high school transcripts are not considered official.

Does it matter which test I take?

UW Tacoma does not have a preference for one test; take the one you believe you will do the best on, or consider taking both tests.

What if I take the tests more than once (or take both tests)?

We will use only your highest cumulative test score in the admission process; thus, it never hurts to take the test more than once if you believe you could improve your score. Please note that we will not combine the highest scores from different test dates (i.e., the highest math score with the highest verbal score).

If I take the ACT, do I have to take the Writing Test as well?

Yes. UW Tacoma requires applicants to complete the ACT Plus Writing. Scores from the ACT without the Writing Test will not be considered.