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Is it necessary to give sat subject tests?


I am from India and I don't know whether is it necessary to give sat subject tests or not for ivy league and stanford and mit.

What if I don't give sat subject tests?

Will it affect my application?


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Because of the pandemic, schools are less picky on whether or not you have SAT additional subject tests right now. Many schools are going test-optional, which means that your GPA, course rigor, essays, and recommendation letters will carry significantly more weight. If you don't submit an SAT subject test score, your application will not be hurt because of it.

If you're a junior, I'd still recommend keeping an eye out for subject tests nearby if they're available to you - a strong SAT subject test score will still benefit you and be a boost to your application which you should keep in mind. Since you're thinking of competitive schools, do a subject test if you can.

But if you are unable to, don't worry. Maintain a strong GPA. Write strong essays and receive recommendation letters from teachers who are more than willing to advocate on your behalf.

Best of luck!

@nadiakhan thankyou
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This year almost all (if not all) universities are test-optional meaning they do not require the SAT or ACT, but if you have those scores and you are satisfied with them the schools tell you that you may send them. The SAT subjects are even more optional so do not feel pressured to sit for those exams. If you have great scores on SAT Subjects then you may send them, but if you do not submit SAT Subject or even SAT scores it will not hurt your chances of getting in the school you want. Even Ivy League schools are test-optional for students appliying this fall. For the applications of these students the universities have a more holistic approach and not having standarized test scores does not put you at a disadvantageous position.

@geopapado1723 Thanks so much for replying. But I am not applying this year. I am currently in grade 11. Sorry for not mentioning that. Could you please tell now..if I am applying after 2 or a year.
If the universities start requiring tests again in a year or 2, then it would really depend on the university or program that you are looking at. Like for example, I know that MIT and Caltech require certain subject tests. Overall it won't hurt your chances if you don't have them but taking them and doing well (750+) will benefit you.
Thank you @Areebah
Your welcome!
@Manya if you are not applying this fall to start college in the fall of 2021 then you cannot be sure what the colleges will ask. Most probably they will not be test-optional anymore and the schools you mentioned are quite competitive so you will need SAT Subjects. Ivy League and other prestigious schools require at least 2. For example, MIT asks for one in Math and one in Physics if you are interested in applying for an engineering program.
Okay!! Thankyou!