Yes, Villanova is test optional this year. We encourage you to take an entrance exam and submit results with your application, as we are still offering Merit Scholarships. Applicants without a test score will not be judged differently, and we do have Augustinian Scholarships that you can review.
Students should take either the High School Placement Test (HSPT) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Non-native English speakers should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or TOEFL Jr.) or the Duolingo English Test. If the student submits results from both the HSPT and SSAT, the highest test score will be considered. Students do not need to take both exams. Villanova does not publish minimum score requirements for the SSAT and HSPT so as not to deter students from applying who may be otherwise highly recommended and qualified.
High School Placement Test (HSPT): Grade 9 Applicants only
For students in 8th grade and applying for Villanova's 9th grade, the HSPT is a timed test that includes questions to measure achievement levels in verbal skills, math, and language. This exam is hosted at Villanova in November and January. Merit Scholarships are rewarded to students who score in the 90th percentile or above nationwide on either of their first two attempts. The second attempt cannot take place within 60 days of the first attempt. Scroll down or click here to learn how to interpret your HSPT results. Cost for the exam at Villanova is $35.
Prep Course for the High School Placement Test (HSPT)
Two Villanova teachers, one math and one English will cover content and testing strategies for the HSPT. This course runs four consecutive Tuesday evenings from 5 PM to 6 PM, starting on October 20, before our first HSPT on November 14. The cost for the course is $85 and it covers the registration fee for the HSPT exam on November 14.
Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT): Grade 9-11 Applicants
The SSAT is a multiple-choice aptitude test for students currently in grades 8-11. The test consists of verbal, quantitative (math) and reading comprehension sections. This exam is hosted at Villanova in December and at other high schools across the country throughout the year. Merit Scholarships are rewarded to students who score in the top 3 percentile nationwide on either of their first two attempts. The second attempt cannot take place within 60 days of the first attempt. For more information and to register for the SSAT, visit their website: www.ssat.org.
SSAT school code: 7949
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): International Applicants
Non-native English speakers should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). While we do offer an English Support with Immersion Program, we have the following minimum TOEFL requirements for admission:
Grade 09 - 40
Grade 10 - 50
Grade 11 - 65
The TOEFL comes in different versions: paper, computer, and internet. Students must submit scores for all four parts of language: listening, speaking, writing and reading. Students should register to take the TOEFL online by visiting: www.ets.org/toefl.
TOEFL school code: 8967
Duolingo English Test: International Applicants
Another option for non-native English speakers, the Duolingo English Test can be taken online at any time. It is a fast and inexpensive alternative to other options—it takes approximately 45 minutes and costs $49.
The exam uses computer-adaptive technology, meaning that the questions will automatically adapt to each test taker’s ability, generating a different set of questions for every session. It also integrates a video interview and writing sample.
The exam requires a supported browser and your computer's self-facing camera and microphone. The testing session is recorded and verified by a Duolingo proctor, and the results are available within 48 hours.
A comparison of Duolingo's results to TOEFL and IELTS can be found here.