Update: No More SAT Subject Tests
In January 2021, the College Board announced it will no longer offer SAT Subject Tests in the United States, effective immediately. Learn how the changes to the SAT Subject Tests will affect students.
Our original post on the SAT Subject Tests is below.
You have questions—we have the answers.
One of the lesser known parts of the college admissions application puzzle are SAT Subject Tests. Because of the nebulous requirements for these college entrance exams at many schools, we often get asked what these tests are and if students need to worry about them for their applications.
Our answer: if you are applying to top-tier schools, most will want you to submit some combination of SAT Subject Tests, but only MIT still requires these tests to apply. For most other schools, the test scores can serve as an independent validation that your good grades in a subject were earned in a comprehensive course.