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SAT and ACT Exams

Testing Requirements

All candidates are required to take either:

  • The standardized College Board's Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I), or
  • The standardized American College Testing Program's test (ACT)

Required testing must be completed by the first test date of the year in which admission is sought, unless permission is requested and granted, in writing, from the Academy's director of admissions. All tests should be taken within 16 months prior to the month of enrollment.


The current minimum qualifying scores for the OLD SAT Reasoning Test (taken BEFORE March 2016) are 560 for Critical Reading and 560 for Math.*  The current minimum qualifying scores for the NEW SAT Reasoning Test (taken AFTER March 2016) are 30 Reading and 580 for Math.*

  • The Academy's College Board Code Number is 2923.


The current minimum qualifying scores for the ACT are 24 English and 24 Math*. You must also achieve a minimum composite score of 23. Each of the three minimum scores must be achieved individually in order to meet the Academy's minimum test score requirements.

  • The Academy's ACT Code Number is 2974.

*The basic standardized SAT Reasoning Test or standardized ACT qualifying scores for admission will be determined by the Academy for each entering class. The Academy does not accept the non-standard or untimed administration of the SAT or ACT.

It is the candidate's responsibility to register for the examinations. Registration instructions are contained in information bulletins available at no cost to most secondary schools. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces should find copies available in their units' education offices. Bulletins may also be obtained by writing to:

College Board
P.O. Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08541


College Board
P.O. Box 1025
Berkeley, CA 94701


American College Testing Program
P.O. Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52240

Testing and registration information is also available through the Internet at (for the College Board) or (for the American College Testing Program). In the event that you have any questions concerning test requirements, or if you are unable to meet the established examination deadline date, contact the Academy's Admissions Office.

Where to Submit Scores

Candidates must request the testing agency to submit their test scores to the Admissions Office at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York 11024-1699. The cost of the examination must be borne by the individual candidate.The Academy's College Board code number is 2923; its ACT number is 2974.

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016
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