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Test scores

When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 so your scores are sent directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores on transcripts will not be used in your academic certification.

A combined SAT score is calculated by adding reading and math subscores. An ACT sum score is calculated by adding English, math, reading and science subscores. You may take the SAT or ACT an unlimited number of times before you enroll full-time in college. If you take either test more than once, the best sub score from different tests are used to meet initial eligibility requirements.

If you take the current SAT before March 2016 and then take the redesigned SAT at a later date, the NCAA Eligibility Center will not combine section scores from the current and redesigned SAT when determining your initial eligibility. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only combine section scores from the same version of the test. Because the redesigned SAT varies in design and measures different academic concepts than the current SAT, a numerical score on the current test may not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the redesigned test.

If you take the SAT or ACT test after you graduate high school, the NCAA Eligibility Center may ask you to confirm that you have not yet enrolled full-time in college, by completing and submitting a student matriculation letter.

Download a student matriculation letter

Division I test score requirements

Division I uses a sliding scale to match SAT/ACT scores and core-course grade-point averages to determine eligibility. The sliding scale balances your test score with your GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher GPA to be eligible. If you have a low GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible. The sliding scale is changing for students enrolling full-time after Aug. 1, 2016.

Learn more about Division I academic requirements

Use for Division I
BEFORE August 1, 2016
Use for Division I
AFTER August 1, 2016
Core GPA SAT ACT Core GPA SAT ACT
3.550
& above
400 37 3.550
& above
400 37
3.525 410 38 3.525 410 38
3.500 420 39 3.500 420 39
3.475 430 40 3.475 430 40
3.450 440 41 3.450 440 41
3.425 450 41 3.425 450 41
3.400 460 42 3.400 460 42
3.375 470 42 3.375 470 42
3.350 480 43 3.350 480 43
3.325 490 44 3.325 490 44
3.300 500 44 3.300 500 44
3.275 510 45 3.275 510 45
3.250 520 46 3.250 520 46
3.225 530 46 3.225 530 46
3.200 540 47 3.200 540 47
3.175 550 47 3.175 550 47
3.150 560 48 3.150 560 48
3.125 570 49 3.125 570 49
3.100 580 49 3.100 580 49
3.075 590 50 3.075 590 50
3.050 600 50 3.050 600 50
3.025 610 51 3.025 610 51
3.000 620 52 3.000 620 52
2.975 630 52 2.975 630 52
2.950 640 53 2.950 640 53
2.925 650 53 2.925 650 53
2.900 660 54 2.900 660 54
2.875 670 55 2.875 670 55
2.850 680 56 2.850 680 56
2.825 690 56 2.825 690 56
2.800 700 57 2.800 700 57
2.775 710 58 2.775 710 58
2.750 720 59 2.750 720 59
2.725 730 59 2.725 730 60
2.700 730 60 2.700 740 61
2.675 740-750 61 2.675 750 61
2.650 760 62 2.650 760 62
2.625 770 63 2.625 770 63
2.600 780 64 2.600 780 64
2.575 790 65 2.575 790 65
2.550 800 66 2.550 800 66
2.525 810 67 2.525 810 67
2.500 820 68 2.500 820 68
2.475 830 69 2.475 830 69
2.450 840-850 70 2.450 840 70
2.425 860 70 2.425 850 70
2.400 860 71 2.400 860 71
2.375 870 72 2.375 870 72
2.350 880 73 2.350 880 73
2.325 890 74 2.325 890 74
  GPA's Below 2.3 Are Redshirt only
2.300 900 75 2.300 900 75
2.275 910 76 2.299 910 76
2.250 920 77 2.275 910 76
2.225 930 78 2.250 920 77
2.200 940 79 2.225 930 78
2.175 950 80 2.200 940 79
2.150 960 80 2.175 950 80
2.125 960 81 2.150 960 81
2.100 970 82 2.125 970 82
2.075 980 83 2.100 980 83
2.050 990 84 2.075 990 84
2.025 1000 85 2.050 1000 85
2.000 1010 86 2.025 1010 86
      2.000 1020 86

Division II test score requirements

If you enroll full-time at a Division II school before Aug. 1, 2018, you must meet all academic requirements and earn at least a combined SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68 to be eligible to compete.

If you enroll full-time at a Division II school after Aug. 1, 2018, you must meet all academic requirements and earn an SAT or ACT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division II sliding scale to be eligible to compete. The sliding scale will balance your test score with your GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher GPA to be eligible. If you have a low GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.

Learn more about Division II academic requirements

If you enroll full-time at a Division II school after Aug. 1, 2016, and you have not met all the Division II academic requirements, you may not compete in your first year. If you meet the requirements to be a partial qualifier, you may practice and receive an athletics scholarship in your first year. To be a partial qualifier, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses.
  • Earn at least a 2.0 GPA in your core courses.
  • Earn an SAT or ACT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division II sliding scale.
Use for Division II FULL QUALIFIER After August 1, 2018 Use for Division II PARTIAL QUALIFIER after August 1, 2018
Core GPA SAT ACT Core GPA SAT ACT
3.300 & above 400 37 3.050 & above 400 37
3.275 410 38 3.025 410 38
3.250 420 39 3.000 420 39
3.225 430 40 2.975 430 40
3.200 440 41 2.950 440 41
3.175 450 41 2.925 450 41
3.150 460 42 2.900 460 42
3.125 470 42 2.875 470 42
3.100 480 43 2.850 480 43
3.075 490 44 2.825 490 44
3.050 500 44 2.800 500 44
3.025 510 45 2.775 510 45
3.000 520 46 2.750 520 46
2.975 530 46 2.725 530 46
2.950 540 47 2.700 540 47
2.925 550 47 2.675 550 47
2.900 560 48 2.650 560 48
2.875 570 49 2.625 570 49
2.850 580 49 2.600 580 49
2.825 590 50 2.575 590 50
2.800 600 50 2.550 600 50
2.775 610 51 2.525 610 51
2.750 620 52 2.500 620 52
2.725 630 52 2.475 630 52
2.700 640 53 2.450 640 53
2.675 650 53 2.425 650 53
2.650 660 54 2.400 660 54
2.625 670 55 2.375 670 55
2.600 680 56 2.350 680 56
2.575 690 56 2.325 690 56
2.550 700 57 2.300 700 57
2.525 710 58 2.275 710 58
2.500 720 59 2.250 720 59
2.475 730 59 2.225 730 60
2.450 740 60 2.200 740 61
2.425 750 61 2.175 750 61
2.400 760 62 2.150 760 62
2.375 770 63 2.125 770 63
2.350 780 64 2.100 780 64
2.325 790 65 2.075 790 65
2.300 800 66 2.050 800 66
2.275 810 67 2.025 810 67
2.250 820 68 2.000 820 & above 68 & above
2.225 830 69    
2.200 840 & above 70 & above