SAT Subject Tests and College Board


SAT Subject Tests, Subject Tests, Subject Tests for SAT

Randolph Macon College does not require Subject Tests. If you’ve ever heard of Randolph Macon College, we’re shocked (photo credit: Jerrye and Roy Klotz, MD).

While perusing the College Board’s website, we came across a list of institutions that the College Board claims to use SAT Subject Tests. We have to say…the list is bogus. Any institution can “use” SAT Subject Tests…even community colleges. What are they not going to admit you because you submitted your perfect or near-perfect SAT Subject Test scores? Not going to happen. The fact is that the list is misleading because schools like Gordon College, Henderson State University, and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania to name just a few certainly don’t require that their applicants complete SAT Subject Tests. These aren’t exactly among the most highly selective colleges in America. If you’ve even heard of these institutions, we’d give you points.

The vast majority of highly selective colleges on the other hand either require or recommend that you submit SAT Subject Test scores.  Some require two. Some recommend two. A few will accept Subject Tests in lieu of SAT’s. You get the idea. We strongly recommend that our students take SAT Subject Tests and we urge them to prep (Ivy Coach offers SAT Subject Test prep) so that they excel on these exams. Even if it’s not required, submitting high Subject Test scores will only help your case for admission to a highly selective college.

So if you’re applying to Henderson State University, know that you can gain admission without SAT Subject Test scores. But if you’re hoping to go to Georgetown University, you’ll need three good Subject Test results! So start prepping if you haven’t done so already. If you’re a rising high school senior, time is of the essence to get these scores up before you apply for admission.


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1 Comment

  • Anand says:

    Is it still better to send the SAT subject score when the SAT subject score is not that great but school transcript (Ranking, GPA) are great and ACT score is great? Will the SAT subject score lead to wrong conclusion on the performance of the student? . In my case, I took SAT subject test two years later after my course and it brought the SAT Score down

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