Modified ACT/SAT Score Requirements

Are you planning to use your ACT or SAT score to meet one of the two NAIA initial-eligibility criteria?

If so, please note this important change effective immediately:

•    If you took the SAT before March 2016, the minimum accepted score is 860.

•    If you took the SAT in March 2016 or after, the minimum accepted score is 940.**  

**Did you score between 860 and 930 on the March 2016 or later SAT test?
If you did, you’ll be granted an exception to the 940 minimum specifically for eligibility to compete during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic years.  Send your test scores and the NAIA Eligibility Center will automatically apply this exception to your decision if you qualify.

•    If you took the ACT before March 2016, the minimum accepted score is 18.

•    If you took the ACT in March 2016 or after, the minimum accepted score is 16.**  

**Did you score between 16 and 18 on the March 2016 or later ACT test?
If you did, you’ll be granted an exception to the 18 minimum specifically for eligibility to compete during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic years.  Send your test scores and the NAIA Eligibility Center will automatically apply this exception to your decision if you qualify.

Follow the links for more information about the minimum test score exception for competition 2016-17 and its extension for competition in 2017-18.



FAQs about the change to SAT requirements

If I earned an 860 on the SAT test that I took in March 2016, does that meet the NAIA’s minimum requirement?
No, but the NAIA National Eligibility Committee has approved an exception for the SAT test score minimum for students who scored between 860 and 930 who will compete in the NAIA for the first-time during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic years. The NAIA Eligibility Center will automatically apply this exception to your decision if you quality. All other required eligibility rules must still be met.

 

If I am using class ranking and my GPA to meet the two of three initial requirements, do I need an SAT score?
No.  Students are required to meet two of three initial-eligibility requirements.  

 

My school indicated that the new NAIA required SAT score is a 940, but I took the SAT before March 2016.
Students who took the SAT prior to March of 2016 will need a minimum score of 860. 

 

Can my NAIA school have a different requirement from the NAIA minimum score?
Yes.  NAIA institutions and conferences may have in place standards that are different or more stringent than NAIA requirements.

 

What about the ACT requirement of an 18? Is it affected, too?
The NAIA National Eligibility Committee established an exception provision for the ACT test taken in March 2016 or later that is consistent with the exception provided for the redesigned SAT.  The committee, based on research by ACT and The College Board, have authorized an exception for scores of 16 and 17 on the ACT exam March 2016 or later for students seeking competition for the first-time in the NAIA in the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic years. 

 

How does this affect me if I completed a homeschool program?
Homeschooled students who took the SAT prior to March 2016 are required to have a score of 950. For homeschooled students taking the SAT in March 2016 and beyond the minimum required score is 1030.**
**Students who scored between 950 and 1020 on the March 2016 or later SAT test will be granted an exception to the SAT test score minimum to compete during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic years. Send your test scores and the NAIA Eligibility Center will automatically apply this exception to your decision if you quality. 

 

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