The College Board announced this morning that they will no longer offer the SAT optional essay or any subject tests.
This decision comes after many changes to the standardized testing industry, including cancellations due to the covid-19 pandemic and many colleges making the SAT and ACT optional.
Many students used the essay and subject tests to help their applications stand out, but soon that won’t be an option. Top students are sure to miss these opportunities to demonstrate their skills. AP tests are likely to become more popular in response.
Others believe this was an inevitable change and that the SAT and ACT should not be weighted so heavily in college admissions decisions.
There will be no more chances for US students to write subject tests. Students currently registered for an upcoming Subject Test in the U.S. will automatically have their registration canceled and fees refunded. International students can still write their subject tests on the June date.
These changes are part of the College Board’s effort to make the SAT more streamlined and easier to administer online. Additional changes are anticipated with more details to be released in April, 2021.
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