Photo Requirements

How to upload your registration photo

Register Next Tests:
5/3 , 6/7

You must provide a photo with your registration, which will become part of your Admission Ticket. By providing your photograph, you help us to ensure the integrity of the test administration for all students. Learn more about how we may use your photo.

Note: You are responsible for ensuring your photo meets the requirements below. Successful upload of your photo only indicates that it meets the technical requirements (correct file type and size). It does not indicate that your photo is acceptable for test day (e.g., recognizable as you, no sunglasses, no other people, etc.)

Photos must be properly focused with a full-face view, be clearly identifiable as you, and match your appearance on test day. You will have the opportunity to crop and reposition your photo after uploading it. If you are not easily recognizable in your photo, you will not be admitted to the test center.

Examples of acceptable photos

examples of acceptable photos

Examples of non-acceptable photos

examples of non-acceptable photos
examples of non-acceptable photos

Choosing an Acceptable Photo

You must provide a photo with your registration, which will become part of your Admission Ticket. By providing your photo, you help us to ensure the integrity of the test administration for all students.

You can use any photo such as an existing digital photo, scan in a school picture or passport-type picture or take a new picture with a digital camera or smart phone. The photo you provide must be easily recognizable as you, and conform to the requirements noted below for you to be admitted to the test center.



Choose a photo that:

  • Shows only you, fully facing the camera — there cannot be any other people in the image
  • Shows your head and shoulders only, fully facing the camera
  • Does not have anything obscuring your face, such as hair, hands, shadows or glare
  • Does not show you with a covered head unless for religious purposes (see below)
  • Is easily recognizable as you and matches how you will appear on test day
  • Is properly focused and does not appear fuzzy, grainy or have visible pixels
  • Is properly exposed to eliminate shadows and flash reflections



Head coverings, prescription glasses or other articles:

  • If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, it may be worn for your photo. Make sure your full face is visible, and that the hat or covering does not cast any shadows on your face
  • If you wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo. Avoid glare from eyeglasses by tilting them slightly downward, by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.



Avoid issues that can require the test center supervisor to disqualify your photo, such as:

  • Wearing sunglasses — these are not acceptable in your photo because they hide your eyes
  • Wearing a hat or head covering not used for religious purposes
  • Having your full face not viewable or recognizable because
    — The image of your head is cut off
    — You are shown in profile or three-quarter view so only part of your face can be seen
    — Your photo was taken too close up or from too far away
    — Your photo is too blurry or light



Digital photos must be in one of these file formats:

  • .jpg
  • .gif
  • .png

Registering by Paper

If you are registering by paper form, your printed photo must match the size requirements of at least 2 x 2 inches and no more than 2.5 x 3 inches, as provided in Item 1 on the registration form. Do not use a laminated photo (such as an ID card). Write your full name, date of birth and high school code on the back of your photo, and then tape all four edges of the photo to the registration form, using transparent tape. Take care not to obscure your face or hair on the photo or any of the information you have filled in on the registration form. Do not use paper clips, staples or glue.