Saturday, January 8, 2011

"The most subject tests that any American college now requires is two . . ."

Good to know about this new development.
THE nation’s most selective universities have long required three SAT subject tests. But with the introduction of writing sections on the SAT and ACT in 2005, colleges have been gradually reducing the subject-test requirement.

This admissions cycle, Harvard has jumped on the two-test bandwagon, and Georgetown is “strongly” recommending three instead of requiring them. The most subject tests that any American college now requires is two, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. For 18 institutions, the ACT is good enough — no subject tests required at all.
The New Subject-Test Math: 2 = 3 - NYT


  1. I wonder if there is still an advantage to taking three tests? Would it matter to an admission officer if you took more than two? How heavily would it weigh if you took three or more? Thanks for posting this. I'd missed the news article.

  2. I have to believe that a college would look favorably upon an applicant who submitted three or more tests with high scores. IIRC, some of the colleges that my son applied to last year, while not requiring ANY subject tests, encouraged applicants to submit their results.