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Flexible Testing Policy

We recognize that numbers fall short in communicating the breadth of your intelligence. Colorado College applicants have an expanded set of choices for meeting standardized test requirements.

On the Common Application, the student may select SAT, ACT, or Flexible Testing. If the student selects Flexible Testing, the Admission Committee is on alert to look for a variety of tests and select the ones most advantageous to the student.

1. The SAT (old or new)


2. The ACT


3. Three exams (ACT, SAT, AP, IB, TOEFL) of your choice, which must include one quantitative test, one verbal/writing test, and a third test of your choice.

Category B
Verbal/Writing Test

ACT English
ACT Writing
AP English Language and Composition
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
SAT Writing (old)
IB Language (literature, language and literature, or literative and performance, must be taken in English)

Category C
Any Approved Test

Any ACT test (English, Math, Science, Reading, Writing)
Any Advanced Placement score
Any International Baccalaureate score
Any SAT test (Critical Reading, Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Math, Writing [old])
Any SAT Subject test
TOEFL (international students only)
Pearson Test of English (international students only)
IELTS (international students only)

Category A

Quantitative Test

ACT Math
AP Computer Science
AP Chemistry
AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics
AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics
AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
IB Chemistry
IB Computing Studies
IB Economics
IB Math
IB Physics
IB Physical and Chemical Systems
Math (old or new)
SAT Subject tests in Math – Level 1 or Level 2
SAT Subject test in Chemistry
SAT Subject test in Physics