4 years ago
Admissions Advice

Should I still write the SAT Subject tests?

I am writing the SAT in October. The problem is that the next SAT Subject test date after this is only in November, after the Early Action and Decision deadlines. Should I still write the SAT Subject Tests? If so, how can I solve the issue of timing? If it helps, none of the colleges I'm applying to need the SAT Subject test anymore, and do the Cambridge International Examinations curriculum.


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4 years ago

Correct 99% of elite colleges have eliminated the requirement for SAT Subject tests. However, if you submit them, some not all will look at them.

(From Brown's website)

Beginning with the Class of 2025, Brown will no longer recommend the submission of SAT Subject Tests. If submitted, Subject Tests will be considered as part of your application. Students who have not taken the Subject Tests will be at no disadvantage in Brown’s admission process.

(From Princeton's website)

As with previous years, we do not require the submission of SAT Subject Tests. If you choose to take SAT Subject Tests we have no preference for the specific tests applicants might choose to take.

(From Harvards' website)

If you choose to submit Subject Tests, it is more useful to choose only one mathematics test rather than two. Students who do not submit standardized testing this coming year will not be disadvantaged in the application process.

(From Yales website - Yale is TEST Blind on subject tests)

In response to the global health crisis and the cancellation of several test administrations, the Admissions Committee will not consider SAT Subject Tests for first-year applicants during the 2020-21 admissions cycle (Class of 2025).

(From Columbia's website )

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), SAT Subject Test and other proficiency exam scores are not required, but we will accept your results if you choose to submit them.

(From Cornell's website)

SAT Subject Test Requirements by College/School

Agriculture and Life Sciences: SAT Subject Tests not required

Architecture, Art, and Planning: SAT Subject Tests not required

Arts and Sciences: SAT Subject Tests not required

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business—Applied Economics and Management: SAT Subject Tests not required

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business—Hotel Administration: SAT Subject Tests not required

Engineering: SAT Subject Tests are not required and will not be considered during the 2020 or 2021 admission cycles

Human Ecology: SAT Subject Tests not required

Industrial and Labor Relations: SAT Subject Tests not required

SAT subject tests for MIT and Caltech are pointless because both schools are test blind for SAT subject tests. Both have announced it in a similar way. That means they do not look at them nor consider them. (Test Optional is they look at them and consider them)

(from Stu Schmill MIT dean of Admissions)

I took the subject tests. Can I submit my scores for your consideration?

"No: in fairness to all applicants, we won’t consider them for anyone. We think it would be unfair to consider scores only from those who have scored well and therefore choose to send them to us. They are neither recommended nor optional; they are simply not a part of our process anymore."

Caltech (Caltech website) -Elimination of the requirement for SAT Subject Tests

As of January 2020, Caltech eliminated the requirement for applicants to submit two SAT Subject Tests. These sections will not be considered in the application review process. This change is in effect for those students applying for the Caltech class that begins in the fall of 2021.

4 years ago

Well if you are not applying to elite colleges then you really do not need SAT subject tests, especially since schools are test optional now. However, it doesn't hurt and if you think you can do well, it could help your application. If you do well on them, it would showcase what you are strong in and would only help you. You can't really do anything about the timing, so your scores will only be available for your regular decision school. Good luck

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