Standardized Testing & Language Proficiency

Due to ongoing testing disruptions for both the SAT and ACT exams associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dual BA Program is adopting a one-year test-optional policy for first-year Anglophone applicants for the Fall 2021. Non-native English speakers should refer to English proficiency testing requirements, which remain in effect. Please see below for how this one-year policy will affect the admissions process.

  • If I do not submit SAT or ACT scores, will it affect my application and/or admission to the Dual BA Program? 
    Please note, since testing is no longer a required component for the first-year 2020-2021 application cycle, students who are unable or choose not to submit test scores will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process. However, if students have previously completed testing and can submit SAT or ACT results, they are welcome to do so; submitted scores will be considered as one of the elements used in  the review process on their application file. The admissions committee will continue to evaluate all submitted information within the holistic and contextual review process that considers the individual circumstances shaping each applicant's journey. The rigor of a student’s curriculum, academic achievement, and demonstrated intellectual curiosity will remain central to the review of their application file. 
     
  • How do I submit SAT or ACT scores if I have them? 
    For students applying to the Dual BA Program who choose to submit standardized test results, testing policies remain the same. The admissions committee will continue to accept self-reported scores but will require an official score report upon enrollment for any applicant who submits a self-reported test score. Students with multiple test scores on file will be evaluated on the highest score they received in any individual section of that test. Many students, if able to test, may only have the opportunity to take a test once. As noted above, that context will be taken into consideration should scores be provided. Standardized testing is only one component in a highly contextualized, multi-layered holistic review. 
     
  • Does this policy apply to other test scores, too? (AP, IB, SAT Subject Tests, etc.)
    Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), SAT Subject Test, and other proficiency exam scores are not required, but the admissions committee will accept these results for any students who choose to submit them.

As a reminder, this policy is temporary and only applicable for first-year Anglophone students applying for Fall 2021 admission. All other applicants, please see below for detailed information on testing requirements.

What standardized test scores do I submit?

As noted above, the Dual BA Program will be adopting a one-year test-optional policy for Anglophone applicants for Fall 2021. However, students who choose to submit their Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) scores as part of their Fall 2021 application for admission should have their score reports sent 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. 

  • The College Board (SAT and TOEFL) code for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2095.

  • The ACT code 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 and Columbia Engineering; please ensure that all test scores are sent to the appropriate admissions office.

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) and did not live in an Anglophone country for at least three years must submit official scores from either the TOEFLIELTS, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). 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 composite score on the IELTS, or a grade of B or higher on the CAE level C. Please note, English proficiency exams (TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE) should be received by January 2. 

In addition, applicants from non-Anglophone high schools are encouraged to 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. 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.

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:

Students Exempted from the 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)

Although French proficiency is not required at the time of admission, students are expected to learn French as part of their time at Sciences Po. 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 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. Applicants to the Dual BA Program who are not fluent in French and wish to study in the Euro-Africa Program should contact the Office of Admission to discuss their interest in the program before applying.

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. 

Unofficial documents are accepted as part of the application review process. If offered admission, in order to enroll you will be required to submit official documents. Official standardized test scores must be sent directly from the testing institutions to the School of General Studies. See testing codes above for the SAT and ACT exams. English Proficiency exams must be sent directly from the testing agency to gs-admit@columbia.edu.