College Board Will Discontinue the SAT Subject Tests in the US: What Does This Mean for You?

On January 19, 2021, College Board announced the end of the SAT Subject Tests for students in the US. The optional SAT Essay test will also be discontinued after the June 2021 test administration. This is a potential game changing announcement in the world of standardized testing. This change will probably lead to some confusion and questions about their reasons for this radical change. Some of the questions you may have could be: “Why is College Board discontinuing the SAT Subject tests?”, “What should I do if I have already taken the subject test or plan to take any of the subject tests in the future?”, “Why did they make this decision?”, and “How does this change affect me?”. Keep reading for answers to these questions and many more.

Why Did the College Board Decide to Discontinue the SAT Subject Tests?

According to the College Board, the SAT Subject Tests are used internationally for other purposes so they will administer the test internationally up to the June administration dates and the expanded reach of the AP exams and the widespread availability means the subject tests are no longer necessary for students to show what they know.

With the changing requirements for admission to school because of the COVID-19 pandemic, several schools have relaxed their SAT requirements which means fewer students are registering for the SAT Subject Tests.

What Should I Do If I have Already Signed Up for the Subject Test?

Students who have registered for the May and/or June 2021 SAT Subject Tests will have their registrations automatically cancelled and all fees will be refunded. If you were planning to submit any subject test scores, please contact the colleges directly for alternate options to strengthen your application.

For international students (Students outside the U.S.), you will be allowed to take the tests in May and June 2001. Check with the colleges you plan to apply for information on options to the Subject test.


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