All applicants to Principia College, including international applicants and transfers, are required to take either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Board Exam (ACT). It is recommended that a student take these exams in the spring or early summer of the junior year in high school. Thus, if a student is not satisfied with the results, the test may be retaken during the first semester of the senior year (final year of secondary school for international students). All students should have the results of these tests sent to the Office of Admissions at Principia College.

Transfer students who have completed at least one full year of college with above average grades may be exempted from taking the SAT or ACT, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Students may arrange to take these tests through their high school guidance counselor or by contacting the College Board or ACT, Inc. Principia’s College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) code is 1630 and the ACT code is 1118.


International applicants are required to take the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Applicants who are native English speakers from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and non-French speaking Canada are not required to take the TOEFL exam. U.S. citizens who attend secondary school outside of the U.S. where classes are not conducted in English are required to take the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL scores must be received by the Office of Admissions before the application deadline. Principia’s TOEFL code is 1630.

As previously stated, first-time international applicants are also required to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT examination.