Harvard University has made reporting SAT Subject Test scores optional for students applying to the university. This takes effect for the Class of 2019 — so next admissions cycle. Harvard, of course, will still require that students report their SAT or ACT score, but applicants will be considered if they do not report two SAT Subject Test results. According to the Harvard admissions website, ““While we normally require two SAT subject tests, 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.”
Of the eight Ivy League institutions, Harvard is the first to make the SAT Subject Tests optional and we would certainly not be surprised if other Ivy League colleges followed them down this road as well. We recently wrote about how some consider Harvard “the Stanford of the East.” Well, Stanford previously made SAT Subject Tests optional (as did the UC system and the University of Chicago).
So now you might be wondering…just because Harvard doesn’t require that students submit results for any of the twenty SAT Subject Tests offered, does that mean students shouldn’t submit results? Absolutely not! Submit, submit, submit. If you have great scores on SAT Subjects, let colleges like Harvard know. Without question. Optional means submit anyway.