Recently, College Board removed the SAT Essay and Subject Tests. Although this is a somewhat exciting development, you may be wondering what this means for your studies, score, and college admissions. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this impactful change.

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When Will the SAT Essay & Subject Tests be Discontinued?

College Board announced the discontinuation on January 19, 2021. However, these changes will not take place until after June 2021. After this time, these test sections will no longer be offered to students.

What If I’m Already Signed Up?

Here’s what you need to know if you’ve already signed up for an upcoming SAT Essay and/or Subject Test:

  • If you’re signed up to take an SAT Subject Test in spring 2021 or later, your registration will be automatically canceled and you’ll be fully refunded.
  • If you’re signed up to take the SAT Essay in spring 2021 or later, you can cancel this portion of the test for free until the registration deadline.

Why Are they Being Discontinued?

There are several reasons why College Board decided to cancel the SAT Essay and Subject Tests:

  • Less value. College Board believes that the Subject Tests hold less value than they once did, seeing as how a variety of AP classes are being offered on numerous topics. Removing the SAT Essay also streamlines the grading process, making the test totally multiple-choice, hence saving College Board money, time, and resources.
  • Increase SAT seating. Removing these sections opens up additional seating for the SAT, which is crucial for students who have yet to take it during the pandemic.
  • The Essay is redundant. Reading and writing skills are already demonstrated through the SAT’s Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections. These skills are also exemplified in college admissions essays.
  • Decrease in Subject Test participants. The number of students who sign up to take SAT Subject Tests has been consistently declining since 2011. Many universities no longer have SAT Subject Test requirements for admissions, which has also played a role in this decline.

What Does This Mean for 2021-2022 College Admissions?

Due to the pandemic, many colleges announced that the SAT Subject Tests would be optional for admissions or no longer needed to be taken. Colleges will likely adopt this policy moving forward. If you’ve already applied to a college that required a Subject Test and/or Essay, search on their website or reach out to admissions about how they plan to use your Subject Test and/or Essay in their scoring.

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