In January 2021, College Board announced that they will no longer offer SAT Subject Tests or SAT with Essay. (Read full details here)
Cancellation of SAT Subject Tests – Effective immediately, these tests are no longer available to students in the United States. Anyone registered for the May or June 2021 administrations will automatically have their registrations canceled and fees returned.
Cancellation of SAT Essay – After June 2021, the Essay portion of the SAT will only be available in states where it’s required as part of SAT School Day administrations. Per the College Board’s announcement, “Students scheduled to take the SAT on a school day should check with their school about whether the Essay will be included.”
“So, what does this mean for MY student?”
Great question! As experts in test prep, we see opportunity for your student in this change. The changes are providing a more flexible, streamlined SAT that meets the ever-changing needs of students and evolving demands of higher education.
“For years leading up to this, pre-pandemic, there has been decreasing interest in the SAT Subject Tests with increasing emphasis on AP tests,” says Matt Wolszon, math and science test prep tutor at The Village Tutors.
With the rise of and widespread availability of AP testing paired with top colleges no longer requiring SAT Subject Test scores for entrance, SAT Subject Tests (once called, “Achievement Tests”) have become less necessary.
It’s reported that in 2017, 1.8 million high school students took the SAT, but only 219,000 took a Subject Test. And in 2018, many colleges that had previously required the SAT Essay dropped the requirement.
Years in the making, we anticipate the shift away from SAT Subject Tests and SAT Essays will result in an even stronger shift towards AP testing. Suzanne Petree, founder of The Village Tutors suggests, “As many colleges have removed the requirement for the SAT essay, this will lessen the demand on our students, and continue to streamline the college admissions process.”
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