Test Optional Policy

Most applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of admission to Lebanon Valley College. Our admission process relies most heavily on a student’s high school transcript, taking into consideration grade performance and rigor of courses selected. Students may decide for themselves whether or not their test results are an accurate reflection of their academic ability and potential. For candidates electing to submit scores, the admission committee will review scores along with other indicators of academic ability. Applicants should specify on their application whether or not they will be submitting scores. Please see below for important exceptions to this policy.


Test Score Policy Exceptions

  • Certain applicants may be required to submit standardized test scores.
  • Applicants to our Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology programs are required to submit SAT I or ACT scores for consideration into those programs. Click the program name for more information on program requirements.
  • International applicants can find more information about required testing for International students here.
  • Students who do not have access to an official high school transcript may be required to submit SAT/ACT scores.


Score Submission

Lebanon Valley College accepts the results from either the SAT or the ACT for applicants who wish to have their scores considered as part of their application. The SAT and ACT are considered with equal importance. If you are unsure as to which test is best for you, talk with your high school counselor.

For applicants who choose to submit scores, only the evidenced based reading & writing (EBRW) and math portions of the SAT exam are used during the evaluation process. Only the composite score is used when reviewing ACT scores.

Lebanon Valley College considers the highest scores received, either from the same test date or the highest score in each section over time, also known as a superscore. This means that the admission committee considers the highest SAT evidenced based reading & writing (EBRW) and highest math scores or the recalculated ACT composite score submitted, regardless of the test date.


Self-Reporting Scores

To support access and help reduce the cost of applying to college, Lebanon Valley College accepts self-reported standardized test scores. Applicants choosing to submit standardized test scores may self-report their scores on the Common Application or by sending them to the admission office via email, fax, postal mail, or by informing a member of the admission staff verbally.


Official Test Scores Requirement

All students who submit self-reported test scores for consideration of admission and ultimately enroll at Lebanon Valley College are required to submit official standardized test scores after confirming their intent to matriculate to LVC. Official scores will be reviewed to assure there is no discrepancy between self-reported and official test scores. Discrepancies between self-reported and actual scores may jeopardize a student’s enrollment at Lebanon Valley College. Students who choose not to submit test scores for consideration during the admission process will be asked to submit test scores after they enroll for data collection purposes only.


Submitting Official Test Scores

Lebanon Valley College admission office accepts score reports as official when received via email, fax, or postal mail directly from a school counselor, principal, or other school official, or when sent directly from the College Board (www.collegeboard.org) or ACT (www.act.org). LVC’s SAT and TOEFL testing code is 2364 and our ACT testing code is 3610.


Redesigned SAT

In March of 2016 the College Board began administering a redesigned version of the SAT. Applicants who decide to include their SAT results will not be required to submit the optional written section (SAT Essay).

Lebanon Valley College will continue to accept SAT results from exams taken prior to the redesign for first year and transfer applicants.