Testing

In order to apply to Exeter, you must submit standardized test scores. In most cases, the scores must be sent directly from the testing organization to the admissions office.

Please be assured that Exeter does not have a cut-off for test scores. We review your application as a whole, which includes your grades and teacher recommendations.

If you have any questions, or if you find that the required testing is not available in your area, please contact us.

Applying to grade 9 or 10

Applicants for grades 9 or 10 submit current ISEE or SSAT scores. Please do not substitute with SAT scores.

  • Complete your ISEE or SSAT testing during the school year in which you're applying, no earlier than August.
  • The test results should be in the Admissions Office by January 15 for a March 10 decision. If you take a January test, we understand that the testing organization will forward the scores to us as soon as possible. Please let us know if you've had to delay testing beyond January.
  • Instruct the ISEE or SSAT organization to send your scores directly to Exeter. We cannot accept a family's copy of the scores because they do not include the required writing sample. 
  • If the ISEE or SSAT test is not given in your area, check into the possibility of testing with an educational consultant. If this alternative is not possible, then please contact us.
  • Exeter's school codes are: SSAT 5764, ISEE 300185.

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Applying for grade 11

Applicants for grade 11 submit current ISEE or SSAT or recent PSATACT, or SAT scores; please do not substitute with SAT II scores.

  • ISEE and SSAT
    • Complete your ISEE or SSAT testing during the school year in which you're applying, no earlier than August.
    • The test results should be in the Admissions Office by January 15 for a March 10 decision. If you take the January test, we understand that the testing organization will forward the score reports to us as soon as possible. Please let us know if you've had to delay testing beyond January.
    • Instruct the ISEE or SSAT organization to send your scores directly to Exeter. We cannot accept a family's copy of the scores because they do not include the required writing sample.
    • If the ISEE or SSAT test is not given in your area, check into the possibility of testing with an educational consultant. If this alternative is not possible, then please contact us.
  • PSAT and SAT
    • PSAT or SAT testing can be completed during any academic year, but recent scores are preferable.
    • ACT or PSAT scores can either be sent as a part of the applicant's official school transcript or we will also accept a photocopy of your family's PSAT score report.
    • SAT scores can be sent directly to Exeter from The College Board, sent as part of the applicant's official school transcript, or we will accept a photocopy of your family's SAT score report.
  • Exeter's school codes are: SSAT 5764, ISEE 300185, SAT 1884. The school code is not required for PSAT.

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Applying for grade 12 or post-graduate

Applicants for grade 12 or a post-graduate year submit PSAT, ACT, or SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) scores. Please do not substitute with SAT II scores.

ACT, PSAT or SAT testing can be completed during any academic year. The test does not need to be taken in the current academic year.

  • Your test results should be in the Admissions Office by January 15 for a March 10 decision.
  • SAT scores can either be sent directly to Exeter from The College Board, sent as part of the applicant's official school transcript, or we will accept a photocopy of your family's SAT score report.
  • ACT or PSAT scores can accompany the applicant's official school transcript, or we will accept a photocopy of your family's score report.
  • Exeter's school codes are: SSAT 5764, ISEE 300185, SAT 1884.

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If English is not your first language

  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required if:
    • your primary or fluent language is not English and
    • you have not been taught primarily in English for the past four years
  • Why do we require the TOEFL? Exeter students must have a good command of written and spoken English to participate successfully in Exeter's seminar style of instruction. The TOEFL helps the Admissions Committee fully evaluate a student's competence in English.
  • What's a good score? We look for a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test or a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test. If English is not your primary or fluent language, it is to your benefit to take the TOEFL.
  • The TOEFL is required in addition to the standardized test for your grade (ISEE, SSAT, ACT, PSAT or SAT I).
  • Exeter will not accept the TOEFL Junior Test
  • Have your scores sent directly to Exeter. Our school code for the TOEFL is 8128.

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If English is not your first language

Applicants who are homeschooled are required to take the same tests as their peers, so be sure to check the requirements for your grade. If you've taken tests in addition to the ones required, we encourage you to share these additional scores with us.  

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