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SAT dropping essay and subject tests


  • By Laurel Huster
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  • Jan. 26, 2021 - 7:47 PM

SAT dropping essay and subject tests

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The College Board announced Tuesday that it will no longer offer SAT subject tests or the optional SAT essay.

“As students and colleges adapt to new realities and changes to the college admissions process, the College Board is making sure our programs adapt with them,” the announcement stated . “We’re making some changes to reduce demands on students.”

Students who are currently registered for an upcoming SAT subject test in the U.S. will automatically have their registration canceled and fees refunded, according to the announcement.

The College Board has reached out to its member colleges, who will decide whether and how to consider students’ subject test scores. Students should check colleges’ websites for the most up-to-date information on their application policies.

“The expanded reach of AP and its widespread availability means the subject tests are no longer necessary for students to show what they know,” the announcement stated.

Students who are currently registered, or plan to register, for an upcoming SAT with the essay portion will still be able to test through the June 2021 administration. Students who want to cancel the optional essay portion of their SAT can do so in their online account, with no change fees, until the registration deadline.

“Writing remains essential to college readiness, and the SAT will continue to measure writing and editing skills, but there are other ways for students to demonstrate their mastery of essay writing, and the SAT will continue to measure writing throughout the test,” the announcement stated. “The tasks on the SAT reading and writing and language sections are among the most effective and predictive parts of the SAT.”

Upcoming SAT test dates and deadlines can be found here .