Implications and Insights on College Board Dropping SAT Subject Tests and the Optional Essay

Matt Larriva
Jan 22, 2021
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The Subject Tests—not to be confused with the SAT Test—are one-hour exams focused on a  Subject of the test-taker’s choosing. Topics ranged from advanced math to languages and were seen as a way for students to demonstrate their expertise in subject matter not covered on the SAT.

The College Board cited its intent to “reduce demands on students” as the primary driver of the Subject Tests requirement. The organization noted that students registered to take the Subject Tests can expect their registrations to be canceled and their fees to be refunded. International students will have two more occasions to take the tests. […]

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