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06/21/2020 at 05:33PM


I am interested in Majoring in Statistics with a Minor or Double-Major in Political Science or Sociology. I earned a 5 on AP US Government and will receive AP Statistics and Computer Science Principles scores in July. Assuming I perform well on those two, should I take SAT subject tests (if it is not canceled)? I am applying to numerous T20s and plan to take Math 2, US History, and (BiologyE or Chemistry) in August. In September, I plan to try to improve my 1470 (720 RW, 750 Math) SAT score.

TLDR: If AP scores are good, do I need Subject tests?

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2 answers

06/21/2020 at 08:37PM

For any elite school it is given that you will admit two sat scores of around a 740-750 or better. Generally the rule of thumb is which ones you take doesn’t really matter; you just want to send in good scores. I say go for it but you have to realize that the sat subject test and the ap do not cover thé same material and are not structured the same way so you have to study a different book/material for the subject test. You can’t just walk in assuming cause you did well on the AP that you will get a high score with no prep. Hope this helps!

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@ONE2306/21/2020 at 09:50PM

What I mean is can I submit those 3 AP scores and not take Subject Tests?

@crsgo042206/21/2020 at 10:54PM

Yes, but if you are still applying to a top school you should take them anyway. AP scores are accepted in lieu/instead of subject test scores, but like the whole test optional policy, if you still take the exams when they aren’t required it will look good to admissions officers. So technically yes you don’t have to take the subject test, at least for schools like Georgetown that got rid of the sat subj test requirement(i recommend checking w each school about this) but you should still take them

06/22/2020 at 04:21PM[edited]

AP scores are not an adequate substitute for Subject Tests at T20 schools, where most of the applicants you'll be competing against will have taken SAT IIs. In general, AP scores do not matter much, if at all, to admissions offices at those schools in any case so yes, you do still more or less need Subject Tests if you plan to apply to ultra-selective schools.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@ONE2306/22/2020 at 05:18PM

Okay, thank you.