Standardized Testing & AP Credit Policy

Below you will find information regarding the standardized tests required for admission to Cooper Union as well as the AP credit policies. We have also included responses to some frequently asked questions on these topics. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact the Office of Admissions at

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Required Standardized Tests

Undergraduate Applicants

All undergraduate applicants must submit one of the following standardized test scores in order to be considered for admission:

- SAT (essay/writing section not required)
- ACT (essay/writing section not required)

The school of engineering does not require SAT Subject Tests, but will consider scores for Subject Tests in Math and Science in admissions should they be submitted.

Click here for a full list of all required materials for undergraduate applicants.

Graduate Applicants

Master of Science in Architecture II applicants must submit the following scores:


Master of Engineering applicants are not required to submit standardized test scores. However, submitting GRE scores is optional.

Click here for a full list of all required materials for graduate applicants.

International Applicants

Undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from a secondary school in a country with English as the official medium of instruction are required to take one the following exam and scores must be submitted directly by the testing service to

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test) is necessary for admission to The Cooper Union. Cooper Union accepts only TOEFL iBT® scores by test administration date (e.g. full test administration results for one sitting) and does not accept MyBest™ scores.  You may send multiple results for consideration. 
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A minimum score of 7.0 is necessary for admission to The Cooper Union. 
  • DET (Duolingo English Test): A minimum score of 120 on the current DET (or 75 on the DET prior to July 2019) is necessary for admission to Cooper Union.
  • All applicants to The Cooper Union are required to submit scores from the SAT exam or ACT exam.
  • Make sure the name on your passport matches your name on the application, TOEFL, IELTS, DET, and SAT/ACT scores.

Cooper Union’s School Codes

  • SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP, TOEFL, IELTS, DET, and GRE Code: 2097
  • ACT Code: 2724

(Looking for Cooper’s FAFSA Code? It’s 002710.)

Which version of the SAT is accepted?

For undergraduate applicants, Cooper Union accepts both versions of the SAT. Cooper does not have a preference over which version- old or new- applicants choose to submit. Applicants may, of course, submit scores from both versions.

How do I send Cooper Union my score report(s)?

All standardized test score reports must be the official copy sent directly from the testing agency. For SAT, SAT Subject Tests and AP score reports, you should request an official copy from College Board. For TOEFL, IELTS, DET, and GRE score reports, you should request an official copy from ETS.  For ACT score reports, you should request an official copy from ACT.

What happens if my scores are delayed or Cooper Union won’t receive them by the application deadline?

If your score results are delayed due to circumstances beyond your control (i.e. natural disaster, school closing, delays directly from the testing agency), we encourage you to submit a screenshot of your scores that we may use as a placeholder until the official score report is received. This allows us to continue reviewing your application without delay, but we must receive your official scores as soon as possible.

The College Board and ACT will post more detailed information about test center closings and rescheduled test dates on their respective websites.

If you have another extenuating circumstance that prevents Cooper from receiving your scores by the application deadline, please contact the Office of Admissions immediately at or 212-353-4120. We will do our best to work with you and accommodate your situation.

Does Cooper Union superscore?

Yes. When reviewing your application, we will use the highest scores submitted, regardless of test dates. Please note that Cooper Union will not superscore across the old and new versions of the SAT as they are two different tests.

Not sure what the term “superscore” means? Here’s a brief explanation:

The term “superscore” refers to the practice of colleges using the highest score for each section of a standardized test such as the SAT regardless of test date. For example, an applicant takes the new SAT twice- once on October 1st and again on December 3rd. During the October 1st SAT, the applicant receives a Math score of 690 and an Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) score of 710. During the December 3rd SAT, the applicant receives a Math score of 770 and an EBRW score of 630. Cooper Union will use the EBRW score of 710 from the October 1st test date and the Math score of 770 from the December 3rd test date to give the applicant his/her highest possible score.

Which AP exams can I receive credit for at Cooper Union?

The School of Engineering may grant credit for high school work in Advanced Placement courses in mathematics if a student scores a 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam. Before receiving the option of earning credit for MA111 (Calculus I), the student must also pass a summer placement exam administered from the Math Department.

No student is required to accept Advanced Placement credit from the School of Engineering.

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture may grant credit for mathematics courses. Please click here to review their credit evaluation policy.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) rarely grants AP credit. However, a student who has attained a grade of 5 on an AP exam may petition the dean for permission to waive a core requirement and to substitute an appropriate elective course.

The Cooper Union will consider granting credit for study in the Armed Forces, verified by U.S.A.F.I.

Is it possible to waive the standardized testing requirements?

Under certain circumstances, Cooper Union will waive the SAT/ACT requirement for an applicant. Generally, only transfer students and/or non-traditional students' requests to waive the standardized testing requirement are considered. You must be able to prove you have had at least one year of college-level math and college-level English to apply for the waiver. You will be asked to attach a copy of your college transcript(s) to the waiver request. The Admissions staff will then consider your request and notify you via email if we are able to waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Please complete the waiver request form here

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