Harvard and SAT Subject Exams

Harvard Admission, Harvard SAT Subject Tests, Harvard Admission Requirements

Harvard may have made SAT Subject Tests optional. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t submit your scores. You absolutely should!

Harvard recently announced that it would reword its application requirements so as to make SAT Subject Tests optional. As stated in “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” “Harvard University will no longer require all applicants for undergraduate admission to submit scores from SAT subject tests, according to an email sent last week to the institution’s alumni interviewers. In the May 14 message, William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, wrote that Harvard would soon change how it describes its testing requirements. ‘While we normally require two SAT subject tests,’ he wrote, the new language will say, ‘you may apply without them if the cost of taking the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them.'”

Because of this change, a number of students and parents have come to us asking if they should be submitting SAT Subject Test scores to Harvard. And our answer is absolutely! Of course you should still be submitted SAT Subject Test scores. Unless the $24.50 testing fee is truly a burden for you or your SAT Subject Tests are so low no matter how you’re prepping for them (we offer exceptional one-on-one SAT Subject Test prep and regularly help students significantly boost their SAT Subject Test scores), then you should 100% be submitting these scores along with your application to Harvard.

There are tricks to the SAT Subject Tests that can be learned very quickly and very easily. There is no reason a smart and motivated student — with the right prep (and, no, that test prep course in your town probably isn’t any good) shouldn’t excel on these exams. Students often question after they work with our SAT Subject Test tutors here at Ivy Coach why they didn’t come to us before they sat for these exams the first time. Simply learning a few tricks on each of the tests can have a dramatic influence on your result. And we’ve got these tricks…and we also know which exams you should be sitting for.


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