College Testing Requirements

Navigating the college admission process can be a tricky and daunting task. In this week’s guest post, IJGA Director of College Placement Scott Rosen shares his expertise regarding college testing requirements.


  • Composed of three sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing
  • Scored out of 2400 possible points (800 max per section)
  • Most schools require 1750 or higher for admission
  • The SAT or ACT is required for admission to many American colleges and universities
  • Takes 3 hours 45 minutes to complete
  • Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school
  • Beginning in March 2016 the SAT will revert back to the 1600 scoring scale
  • Super-scoring: taking the best section score across all tests taken to calculate cumulative score
  • Widely used on the East and West coasts


  • Composed of five sections: English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing (Optional)
  • The four main tests are scored individually on a scale of 1-36. The average of the four scores is taken and rounded up to the nearest whole number to create a composite score
  • Takes 3 hours 35 minutes to complete (including the optional writing section)
  • Most students take the ACT during their junior or senior year of high school
  • Widely used in the Midwestern, Rocky Mountain and Southern United States

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • Composed of four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
  • Required for international students whose first language is not English
  • Scored out of 120 possible points
  • General college admissions range from 61-100 (61 minimum, 70-80 for most schools and 100 for Ivy League schools)

About Scott:  North Carolina native Scott Rosen began his journey into the industry by earning his degree in Business and Marketing Education at East Carolina University. While at ECU, Scott worked as a player personnel and recruiting assistant for the football program where he helped recruit the all-time NCAA receptions leader and now Atlanta Falcon Justin Hardy.

Scott moved on to the University of Georgia in 2014 where he earned a Master’s in Sport Management and Policy. During his studies at Georgia, Scott interned with Octagon Sports Marketing in Atlanta and with the PGA Tour at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth.

In 2015, Scott joined the IJGA as an academic advisor before transitioning into his role as the Director of College Placement. “I take pride in helping students find the best fit college program to continue their academic and golf careers,” says Scott. “The IJGA has allowed me to bring my previous experience with the NCAA and recruiting to an environment with a talented golf staff where we are all committed to providing our students the best possible college placement experience possible.”

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