New SAT Policy
Pepperdine is test optional for Fall 2021 and Spring 2021. Although we do not require
test scores, you have the option to submit either official test scores through the
testing agency or self reported test scores through our test score form. Once your
application has been processed, you will receive access to the Pepperdine Applicant
Portal where you can access the test score form. If test scores are self-reported
at the time of application, official test scores will be required upon admission to
Pepperdine. Please note that self-reported test scores will only be accepted through
Pepperdine's test score form. Test scores reported on the Common Application or transcripts
will not be accepted.
If you choose to submit test scores, applicants must take the SAT I or ACT by October in order to meet the November 1 early action deadline or by December in order to meet the January 15 application deadline. The optional ACT writing test and SAT writing/essay section are neither required nor recommended. The SAT II Subject Tests are also not required.
Reviewing Test Scores
The Office of Admission will superscore the old and new SAT separately, meaning our office will combine the highest section scores from each test date to create the highest total per test. However, we will not combine old and new SAT section scores, as these two tests are scaled differently. It is therefore to your advantage to send our office the results from each time you took the SAT. We also superscore the ACT.
When evaluating applications, our Admission Counselors will only consider an applicant's highest test scores. Our office will use the concordance chart below to determine your highest composite score across all three tests - old SAT (superscore), new SAT (superscore), and ACT (superscore). We will convert your new SAT scores based on the 1600 point total (and not by converting individual section scores). For old SAT scores, our office will only consider your 1600 point total (Critical Reading and Math).
Admitted Student Averages
Using College Board's concordance table to convert the 1600 point SAT averages from last year, we estimate that the mid-50% score range of admitted students for Fall 2016 would be 1260-1420 on the new SAT. The average SAT score of Fall 2016 admitted students would be 1330 on the New SAT.
Please note that these are projections based on data from the old SAT, and the new SAT score ranges and averages for the Fall 2017 class may significantly differ.
|Old SAT CR+M (Score Range)||New SAT Total (Score Range)||ACT Composite Score||Old SAT CR+M (Single Score)||New SAT Total (Single Score)|
* All data in the above chart based on concordance information provided by College Board.
Helpful Links for the New SAT
General Information about the New SAT
Differences Between the Old and New SAT
SAT Score Converter
College Board Website