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Why the collegeboard’s new test date hurts international students

For years, Internationla counselors have advocated for the collegeboard to add a test date to the testing cycle. They did, only the wrong date. They decided that the March test date does not serve international kids. But instead they added an August test date…and took away the January test date starting in August 2017. 

Katherine Levin, a spokeswoman for the College Board, claims that the summer SAT will, “provide students with earlier opportunities to take the SAT before submitting college applications, and more time to focus on coursework, school activities, and college applications in the fall of their senior year.”

The Atlantic rightly asks “Who Benefits From the New Summer SAT?” and suggests other than the Collegeboard, students who do summer prep really benefits and of course the test prep companies. “But will it provide a similar advantage to low-income students, or could the summertime SAT end up widening the gap between rich and poor?”

2017-18 International SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)
SAT Date SAT Subject Test Available?
Aug. 26, 2017 Yes
Oct. 7, 2017 Yes
Nov. 4, 2017 Yes
Dec. 2, 2017 Yes
May 5, 2018 Yes
June 2, 2018 Yes

Nancy Griesemer at the examiner weighs most of the issues out and concludes that “On balance, however, the late-August test date is a welcome move on the part of the College Board.” So far, no one has commented on how it impacts international students. Firstly, many international students take the SAT in January. Now they will have to wait until May, which often overlaps with the May Day long weekend and festivities. If a student takes the May test date they will have to register for the June Test before they have even sat the May test let alone gotten their scores. This will be compounded in the fall cycle. While certainly the summer test date allows kids coming from Prep (which they do a lot of) into the exam. But then, they will have to register for the October before they know the scores ect. Many international student actually do prep in December in anticipation of the January test date. 

 And many schools are actually not open in August overseas. While this may be true in the US, it is even more problemmatic overseas. And fo Chinese students, the August test date now adds another high price flight season as the Chinese student cannot test in China. In fairness, the January test often overlapped with Chinese New Year. 

The fact is, at least at my test center, the January test date has become a dominate one, ahead of December, November and on par of Spring test dates. Many international counselors actively supported and lobbied for adding the March test date and eliminating the January test date. Why are we not being listened to?

Colleges that require the SAT Subject tests



California Institute of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University (PA) – exception: non-architecture majors, College of Fine

Arts (neither required nor recommended)

Cornell University (NY) – exception: applicants to Agriculture/Life Sciences, to Human Ecology and to Industrial/Labor Relations (Subject Tests optional for these schools)

Dartmouth College (NH)

Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges (MA)#

Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Princeton University (NJ)

Webb Institute of Naval Architecture (NY)

Williams College (MA)


# –note: Harvard will waive Subject Test requirements for those with financial hardship or those who select to be evaluated without Subject Tests.  See Harvard entry above with statement extracted directly from website 




Amherst College (MA)                                   Barnard College (NY)

Brown University (RI)                                   Columbia University (NY)                

Duke University (NC)                                                Haverford College (PA)

McGill University (PQ)                                 Pomona College (CA)

Rice University (TX)                                     Swarthmore College (PA)*

Tufts University (MA)                                  University of Pennsylvania

Vassar College (NY)                                       Wellesley College (MA)

Wesleyan College (CT)                                   Yale University (CT)


*–note: other testing options obtain for Swarthmore that may also vitiate need for submission of Subject Tests

This list was compiled by Cigus Vanni, New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling Executive Board Member and former member of the Professional Development Committee of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (2007-2010).  Permission to duplicate is freely and happily granted—distribution trumps attribution.

Other colleges polices on testing

All data provided on this list are current for the 2014-2015 school year.  Special circumstances and unusual conditions are indicated wherever known, so please read this list carefully.  In all cases, however, be certain to double-check with the school(s) to which you are applying to assure that information on SAT Subject testing is both accurate and up-to-date.  Sources of information consulted in the compilation of this list include: The College Handbook 2015, published by The College Board; individual college catalogs and web pages; the Common Data Set of The College Board; and direct contact with individual admission offices


            The list is organized by state with colleges and universities listed alphabetically within each section.  If no bracketed statement follows the name of the college, SAT Subject Tests are REQUIRED for admission to that school.  The number of SAT Subject Tests required for admission follows the name of the school.  If specific SAT Subject Tests are prescribed, this is indicated by <characters in carats>—otherwise, students are free to submit any SAT Subject Tests of their choosing.  In all other cases—SAT Subject Tests recommended or known special circumstances—specific information is provided if it is known.  If there is a particular number of SAT Subject Tests a school recommends, this is noted; if the school in question does not specify a number, the designation is simply “recommended.”


            A special note to homeschooled students: your requirements may be somewhat more extensive than those for individuals that attend public or private school.  Please be certain to check with each individual college or university regarding SAT Subject Test requirements (or recommendations) for homeschooled students.  The same goes for international students as regards differential expectations and requirements (such as TOEFL, ELPT or additional Subject Tests).  Please be sure to check with each individual college or university to which you apply!



NOTE:           All references to SAT are to the “new” version of the test (March

2005 and later) containing a Writing section; all references to ACT are to the version with Writing (February 2005 and later)



[last updated August 3, 2014, at 12:37 PM]



University of Alberta [“Applicants from the US may be considered for

admission in one of three ways, [including the attainment of] an acceptable score on the SAT Subject Test in the appropriate subjects.  These are: Biology E or M, 590; Chemistry, 600; Chinese, 750; French, 580; German, 560; Hebrew, 600; Italian, 620; Japanese, 620; Korean, 600; Latin, 600; Literature, 550; Math Level 2, 600; Physics, 600; Spanish, 570; US History, 620; World History, 620.  Critical Reading (550) from the SAT Reasoning Test may be used to meet the English subject requirement.  Grade equivalencies or AP/IB test results or Subject Test scores must be presented in five different curriculum areas: English, Humanities (includes History and Languages), Fine Arts (no Subject Tests in Fine Arts), Mathematics and Science”]




California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) <must take Math Level 2

and either Physics, Chemistry or Biology>

            Chapman University [optional and used for placement]

            Claremont McKenna College [optional—will be used for placement

purposes only if submitted]

            Deep Springs College [optional—will be used “to better understand a

student” if sent]

Harvey Mudd College <must take Math Level 2 and one

of student’s choice>

          Mills College [recommended if student application “may be enhanced”

by submission of Subject Tests]

            Occidental College [optional]

Pomona College [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT Reasoning

and two Subject Tests “which are not in the same field”]

Scripps College [optional—will be considered if submitted]

Stanford University [‘recommended but not required”; if Math,                                                                                              Level 2 preferred]

University of California system—[recommended—see below reprinted

directly from UC website]


Recommended SAT Subject Tests

Remember, these are recommendations, not mandates. You will not be penalized for failing to take the SAT Subject Tests. On the other hand, submission of these test scores (just like submission of AP and/or IB scores) may add positively to the review of your application


College of Chemistry and College of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant’s intended major


Not recommended for any area


Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant’s intended major.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Biology M, Chemistry, and/or Math Level 2

School of Physical Sciences: Chemistry and Math Level 2 for chemistry, earth system science, mathematics, and physics majors.

Program in Public Health: Biology E, Biology M, and/or Chemistry for public health science majors; Biology E, Biology M, and/or World History for public health policy majors


Los Angeles

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant’s intended major


No recommendation at this time


College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Bourns College of Engineering: Math 2 and Chemistry or Physics, for all majors

San Diego

Jacobs School of Engineering and biological or physical sciences majors: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant’s intended major

Santa Barbara

College of Engineering: Math Level 2

College of Creative Studies:

·             Math Level 2 for math majors

·             Math Level 2 and Physics for physics majors

·             Biology for biology majors

·             Chemistry for biochemistry and chemistry majors

·             Math Level 2 for computer science majors


Santa Cruz

Not recommended for any area

University of Southern California [recommended: “we find them helpful in

evaluating applications for merit scholarships”]

University of the Pacific [“strongly recommended” in Math Level 1 or 2 for

all applicants for placement purposes; “strongly recommended” in Math Level 1 or 2 and Chemistry for the following majors: biological sciences; biochemistry; bioengineering; chemistry; chemistry-biology; civil engineering; dental hygiene; electrical engineering; engineering management; engineering physics; mechanical engineering; physics; pre-dental studies; pre-medical studies; pre-pharmacy studies]





Connecticut College [submission of standardized testing optional; if 

   submitted, student may choose from SAT or ACT or two Subject Tests]

Trinity College [requires “one or more” of the following: ACT, SAT or any

two Subject Tests]

Wesleyan University [optional—will be considered if submitted]

Yale University [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and

   two Subject Tests; “Bear in mind, however, that some Yale

   departments may use the SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests for course    





University of Delaware [two recommended, especially for candidates to

Honors Program]




American University [recommended, especially for placement purposes in

mathematics and world languages]

Catholic University of America [Subject Test or AP/IB exam in Language

recommended for Arts/Sciences and Philosophy candidates

prior to matriculation—can take university placement test or submit AP/IB results if no prior exam; Subject Tests recommended in other disciplines and used for placement purposes]

            George Washington University [required for applicants to accelerated

BA/MD program: any math and any science;  “strongly recommended” for candidates to University Honors Program—any two of student’s choice; recommended for all other applicants]

Georgetown University [three “strongly recommended”]




Florida Atlantic University [recommended for applicants to 7 year BS/MD

program in math (Level 2), biology, chemistry and literature]

University of Florida [optional and used for placement only—if submitting

math, must be Level 2]

University of Miami [Subject Tests required in Math and one Science for

all applicants to Honors Program in Medicine]




Emory University [“encouraged”—this includes students applying to

Oxford College of Emory University]

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) [optional—used for

                        placement and credit in engineering and chemistry]

            University of Georgia [recommended for placement purposes, especially

in math]




Northwestern University [Math Level 2; Chemistry; and Physics required of

applicants to Integrated Science Program; Math Level 2 and Chemistry required of applicants to Honors Program in Medical Education; two recommended for all other applicants]




Indiana University Bloomington [optional—Biology E or M Subject test

                        used for placement/credit purposes if submitted]

University of Notre Dame [Subject Tests “only considered in admission

process if scores enhance an application” and are “also used for credit and placement in the first year of studies in French, Italian, German and Spanish”]




            Bates College [SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests optional—will be

considered in admission process if submitted]

            Bowdoin College [SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests optional—will be

considered in admission process if submitted]

Colby College [applicants may submit SAT or ACT or three Subject

Tests in different areas (cannot submit Math 1 and Math 2 or Spanish and Spanish with Listening, e.g.)]




Johns Hopkins University [two “strongly encouraged”; if applying in

Engineering, Math Level 2 and one science Subject Test “strongly encouraged”]




            Amherst College [ACT may be submitted in lieu of SAT

and two Subject Tests]

            Babson College [optional—will consider if submitted; “the Admissions

Committee will review any other exam results that applicants wish to submit”]

            Bentley University [optional—will consider if submitted]

Boston College [optional“students are welcome to submit Subject

Tests for consideration.  Subject Tests may be used for placement in World Language in first year studies”]

            Boston University [SAT or ACT and Subject Tests required for accelerated

programs: Accelerated Liberal Arts/Medical Education Combined Degree Program: two Subject Tests—Chemistry and Math

                        Level 2 required, Subject Test in world language recommended;

                        Accelerated Liberal Arts/Dental Education Combined Degree

                        Program: two Subject Tests—Chemistry and Math Level 2

required, Subject Test in world language recommended

College of the Holy Cross [“submission of all standardized testing is

entirely voluntary”; will consider Subject Tests in admission if


Hampshire College [submission of standardized testing optional, Subject

Tests considered if submitted]

Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges <”normally, two”> [you may apply                                         without them if the cost of taking the tests represents a


financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application

considered without them”  For those who do submit:Students should not submit two Subject Tests in math.  Candidates whose first language is not English should NOT use a Subject Test in their first language to meet Subject Test requirements”]

            Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) <one Math, one Science>

            Olin College of Engineering [recommended]

Smith College [submission of standardized testing optional—will

consider Subject Tests if submitted]

Tufts University [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two

Subject Tests; if SAT option chosen, prospective engineering

majors required to submit either Math Level 1 or Level 2 and

either Chemistry or Physics; prospective science/math majors

in Arts/Sciences math and science Subject Tests recommended]

            Wellesley College [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and

two Subject tests; prospective science/math majors are “strongly

encouraged” to submit at least one in quantitative subject]

            Wheaton College [submission of standardized testing optional, will

consider Subject Tests if submitted]

            Williams College <two>




University of Michigan [optional: “if you include these (Subject Tests) results as part of your application, we will consider them only in light of how they might benefit your review”]




            Carleton College [optional]

            Macalester College [optional—will be considered if submitted]




            Deep Springs College [optional—will be used “to better understand a

student” if sent]




            Dartmouth College <two>




Princeton University <two; prospective engineers must submit Physics or

Chemistry and Math Level 1 or Math Level 2>

            Stevens Institute of Technology [two Subject Tests recommended if

applying for accelerated law degree; Math Level 1 or Math Level 2 and Biology or Chemistry required if applying for accelerated pre-medical or pre-dental degrees]




Barnard College [ACT may be submitted in lieu of SAT and two Subject


            Clarkson University [recommended]

Columbia University [ACT may be submitted in lieu of SAT and two

Subject Tests; if submitting SAT, prospective engineering students must submit Math Level 1 or Level 2 and a science exam]

Cooper Union [Math Level 1 or Level 2 and Physics or Chemistry

required of engineering applicants]

Cornell University [required or optional as below]

            Agriculture and Life Sciences: optional

            Architecture, Art and Planning: Architecture applicants required

Math Level 1 or Level 2

            Arts and Sciences: two required

            Engineering: required Science and Math

            Hotel Administration: required Math Level 1 or Level 2

            Human Ecology: optional

            Industrial and Labor Relations: optional

            Fordham University [optional—used only to “benefit student” in review]

Hamilton College [submit one of the following: ACT; SAT; any of these

three SAT Subject tests—math, chemistry, physics; three Advanced Placement (AP) tests; three International Baccalaureate (IB) tests; or a combination of any three of the preceding exams, provided that at least one is verbal/writing and one is quantitative; AP English Literature not accepted as verbal/writing submission; AP Statistics not accepted as quantitative submission]

            Hobart and William Smith Colleges [submission of standardized testing

optional—will be considered if submitted]

            Hofstra University [submission of standardized testing optional—will

be considered if submitted]

Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Albert List College [two Subject

    Tests required for applicants to Double Degree Program with Barnard]

New York University (NYU) [must provide one of the following:

                        SAT or ACT or three Subject Tests (one in literature or humanities:

                        US History, World History or Literature; one in math or science; and

                        one in non-language test of student’s choice) or three IB HL or

AP Exam scores (one in literature or humanities: AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP US History, AP World History, AP European History; one in math or science: AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, 2, B or either C; one in non-language of student choice; or evidence of completion of the IB Diploma.  AP and IB exams must be taken prior to senior year to be applicable during the admissions cycle.  Applicants to the Stern School of Business who do not provide SAT or ACT scores must provide a score from a mathematics examination.  Note also this statement on the NYU website: “Students may instead select to submit result from a nationally accredited exam that is considered locally to signify the completion of secondary education; is administered independently of the student’s school; and has been approved by the NYU Office of Admissions”]

Pratt Institute [Level 1 or 2 math recommended for applicants

to architecture program]

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) [Subject Tests in Math and Science

                        required of all applicants to accelerated degree programs in law

and medicine; optional for all other candidates]

Skidmore College [two “strongly recommended”—Subject Tests in

language used for placement]

            State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo [recommended in

                                                world language for placement]

Union College [standardized testing optional, except: applicants to eight-

year BS/MD program in Leadership in Medicine and Health Management must submit SAT and one math and one science Subject Test or ACT]

University of Rochester [SAT or ACT or two or more Subject Tests or IB

HL exams or AP exams or results from national secondary school exams such as British A level can be submitted; Math and Biology or Chemistry Subject Tests “strongly encouraged” for all applicants to Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program]

            Vassar College [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and

two Subject Tests “in different academic areas”]

            Webb Institute (of Naval Architecture) <Chemistry or Physics;

                        and Math Level 1 or Math Level 2>




Davidson College [two “recommended”: one Math and one of

student choice if submitting SAT instead of ACT]

Duke University [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and Subject

Tests; if ACT submitted, Arts/Sciences applicants are “encouraged” to take Subject Tests in World Language; Engineering applicants required to submit Math Level 1 or Math Level 2 and one other of student’s choice]

North Carolina State University [Math Level 2; an AP Calculus exam

(AB or BC); or completion of NC State Online Math Skill Test

required of accepted students who wish to enroll in

a university mathematics course]

            University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill [“you are welcome to provide any

Subject Test results”; Math Level 2; AP Calculus AB or

BC; or IB Math HL exams required of accepted students for placement purposes only if student will enroll in a Calculus course; Math Level 1 required of accepted students for placement purposes only if student does not intend to enroll in a non-Calculus math course; Subjects Tests in Latin, German, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and French optional and used for placement purposes only]

            Wake Forest University [optional—will be considered if submitted]




Case Western Reserve University [optional“you may send them if you

feel they strengthen your application”]

            Kenyon College [optional—will be considered if submitted]

            Oberlin College [optional“if you take any Subject exams, you may

send us your scores”]




            University of Toronto <required as follows>

                        Applied Science and Engineering: three—Chemistry, Physics

and Math; applicant may also submit any combination of three AP, IB or Subjects tests in these areas to fulfill this requirement

                        Architecture, Landscape and Design: Architecture candidates only

                                    must submit two, one of which must be in math; candidate

                                    may also use AP or IB tests to fulfill this requirement

                        Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences: two of student’s choice “in

different subject areas”; however, one Math Subject Test required for any math-based major; applicant may also take any combination of two AP, IB or Subject Tests in different subject areas to fulfill this requirement

                        Commerce, Business, Management: same as above

                        Computer Science: same as above

                        Life/Biological Sciences and Psychology: same as above

                        Music: same as above

                        Physical Education and Health/Kinesiology: same as above

                        Physical/Mathematical/Chemical Sciences: same as above

                        Teacher Education: same as above




            Reed College [optional—will be considered if submitted]






            Allegheny College [optional—will be considered if submitted]

            Bryn Mawr College [optional—will be considered if submitted]

            Bucknell University [optional—will be considered if submitted; Subject

Test in World language recommended for placement purposes]

Carnegie Mellon University [required or otherwise as below]

            Carnegie Institute of Technology [Math Level 1 or 2 and

                                    Chemistry or Physics required]

            College of Fine Arts: Architecture [same as above]

            College of Fine Arts: Other [neither required nor recommended]

            College of Humanities and Social Sciences [Math Level 1 or 2

                                    and one of student’s choice required]

            Information Systems [same as above]

            Mellon College of Science [Math Level 1 or 2 and one of the

                        three sciences: Biology, Physics, Chemistry required]

            School of Computer Science [same as above except Biology

must be Biology M (molecular)]

            Tepper School of Business [Math Level 1 or 2 and one of

                        student’s choice, preferably a science]

Dickinson College [optional—considered if submitted; SAT and ACT

optional though required for scholarship consideration]

Franklin and Marshall College [submission of testing optional—if not

submitted, student must submit two recent (junior or senior year) graded writing samples; Subject Tests “may be submitted to demonstrate student’s strength within academic subjects”]

            Haverford College [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and

                                                two Subject Tests]

Lafayette College [Subject Tests recommended, considered for placement

“in some academic departments” if submitted]

            Lehigh University [recommended for placement; applicants to BA/MD

degree program “highly recommended” to take any math

and Chemistry Subject Test]

Susquehanna University [recommended “to provide valuable information

about admission”; students may submit two graded writing samples in lieu of SAT or ACT]

Swarthmore College [one of three options: SAT and two Subject Tests of

student’s choice; or ACT; or SAT and ACT with or without Writing; engineering applicants “encouraged” to submit Math Level 2 regardless of whether SAT or ACT is presented]

            University of Pennsylvania [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT

and two Subject Tests; if submitting SAT and Subject Tests, please see information as follows:

Engineering/Applied Science “strongly encouraged” to submit Math Level 2 and physics;

Wharton “strongly encouraged’ to submit Math Level 2;

Nursing “strongly encouraged’ to submit a science test, preferably Chemistry;

Vagelos Dual Degree Program in Life Sciences and Management

“one Subject Test of two required in Science or Math”




University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon University College and Mayaguez campus

[recommended; exams in Spanish, in literature and in math required from English speaking US applicants]




            McGill University [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and

Subject Tests; if submitting Subject Tests, see below]

Agricultural/Environmental Sciences: one math and one science

Architecture: Math; Chemistry or Physics

Arts: any two Subject Tests

Arts and Science (BA): Math and one other of student’s choice

Dietetics/Nutrition: one math and one science

Education: any two Subject Tests

Engineering: Math and Chemistry or Physics

Kinesiology: two of the following—

            Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics

Management: Math and one other of student’s choice

Music: Subject Tests neither required nor recommended

Nursing: two of the following—

            Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics

Religious Studies: neither required nor recommended

Science (BS): two of the following—

            Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics




            Brown University [ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT

                        and two Subject Tests; if applying to eight year accelerated

BA/MD Program in Liberal Medical Education and submitting

Subject Tests, one must be in science]




Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne [three AP exams, IB HL certificates or Subject

Tests or a combination of the three along with minimum 500 score per subtest on SAT required from applicants from USA who have not earned an IB Diploma with 28 points or more. “At least one of these [IB, AP, Subject Tests] should be in a quantitative or scientific subject”]




            Vanderbilt University [optional—will be considered if submitted and will

be used for placement purposes; “applicants to the School of

Engineering who choose to take Subject Tests are ‘strongly

encouraged’ to submit Math Level 1 or 2”]




Rice University [ACT may be submitted in lieu of SAT and two Subject

    Tests in “subjects related to student’s proposed area of study”]

            Trinity University [optional—considered if submitted]

University of Texas at Austin [Subject Tests in Latin, Korean, German,

Physics and Math used for placement purposes if submitted]




            King’s College of London [“applicants must study three subjects in

depth; we will therefore ask for three AP exams or three

Subject Tests (or any combination of these in three

different subjects) from applicants from the US”]




            Bennington College [all standardized testing optional; Subject Tests

                        will be considered if submitted]

            Middlebury College [SAT or ACT or three Subject Tests “in different

areas of study”]




            College of William and Mary [optional—will consider if submitted and used

for placement purposes in world languages]

George Mason University [submission of SAT and ACT optional if student is

in top 20% of class and/or has GPA of 3.5 or better on 4.0 scale; Subject Tests used for placement in World Languages if submitted]

            University of Mary Washington [optional—will be considered if submitted

and used for placement purposes in World Languages]

University of Virginia [“strongly recommended”]

            Washington and Lee University [two exams “in unrelated areas”

recommended—can’t submit Math Level 1 and Math Level 2, for example]








University of Toronto (U of T only requires three Subject Tests of applicants to one of its colleges [Applied Science and Engineering]; applicants to other colleges in the university may submit AP or IB tests combined with or in lieu of Subject Tests to fulfill this requirement [see listing for University of Toronto above])


Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (may also submit three AP or IB exams or may qualify with 28 points or better on IB Diploma [see listing for Ecole above]


King’s College of London (may also submit a combination of AP exams and Subject Tests [see listing for King’s above])


There are NO schools in the United States that require submission of three Subject Tests

With all that talk of the NEW SAT people forget that there is another college entrance exam that actually has three times the number of people taking it. No, not you ACT, but rather the GAOKAO. Below is video of a rally to motivate the senior students and show support by the under classmen. They  spelled it out clearly: ““Fight on, Year Threes”

Apparently this is an annual tradition. Perhaps intead of changing the SAT, we should have rallies. 

The New SAT

The SAT is changing–some would say to the ACT, others would say back–you be the judge
  • Spring 2016 new redesigned SAT
  • 2400 scale goes to 1600 with a  separate score for the sat. 
  • 3 hour exam plus 50 minutes for essay
  • Free test prep for everyone via Khan Academy—they actually are already doing this
  • Actual test will remain paper, but some locations will be computer based
  • There will be three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay.
  • The founding documents suggest students would be well served to take US history. 

SO what does it actually mean?
The nice icons below summarize it, but much more detailed view is spelled out here
  • Relevant words in context
  • Command of evidence
  • Essay analyzing a source
  • Math focused on three key areas
  • Problems grounded in real-world contexts
  • Analysis in science and social studies
  • Founding documents and great global conversation
  • No penalty for wrong answers












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SAT Changes are coming…just not yet.

The President of the Collegeboard has announced a delay in the implementation of the revised SAT, changing the start date a year. Now if they would just tell us what the new SAT looks like. Below is the letter to collegeboard members that arrived in my mailbox. 


Dear Members,

I want to provide you with an important update on our work to revise the College Board’s assessment system so that we can best serve our higher education members and propel students forward into opportunity and success.

We have made the decision to adjust our schedule for this work and will now release the revised PSAT/NMSQT® in fall 2015, followed by the release of the revised SAT® in spring 2016. We heard clearly from our members — including our Board of Trustees, national and regional councils, the SAT committee, attendees at our national Forum, and particularly those in higher education — that you need more time, and we listened.

Our top priority remains the same. Working in partnership with our members, we will deliver a redesigned assessment system that best serves higher education and propels students toward success in college and work.

This change in the timing of the redesign will serve our members in higher education by providing two years to plan for the redesigned exam, familiarize themselves with changes, and meet system and publication requirements. The insight and input of admission professionals, who interact with our assessments on a daily basis, has been particularly instrumental in helping us to make this decision. We will continue to collaborate with admission professionals to develop useful resources for higher education institutions.

We have also heard the needs of states and districts. The K–12 community has expressed a strong preference for students to be able to take the revised PSAT/NMSQT before the revised SAT. Releasing the revised PSAT/NMSQT in the spring of 2015 will address this need, and we will continue to communicate with state and district leaders regarding this important work.

Our goal is to deliver an assessment system that is focused, useful, and clear. Member input will continue to be integral to this work, and we are committed to providing you with timely communications as we develop exams that best serve higher education and students. We look forward to sharing additional information regarding the redesign of our exams in the spring.

Thank you for your continued support.



10 best SAT blogs

Craig Gonzales has compiled an outstanding list of 10 Best of SAT Blogs.

I am quite impressed with his dedication and the fine list he has done.
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Clark goes test optional

Yet another college affirms that admission decisions can be made without test scores like the SAT or ACT as Clark University goes test optional for fall of 2013. Clark joins other national universities such as Wake Forest, NYU and many other top notch liberal art schools.

Clark’s decision to institute a test-optional policy follows an extensive study by the Office of Admissions and the Clark faculty. “By taking a holistic view of a student’s capabilities, character and promise, we can give more weight to his or her four-year academic record — strength of the high school, the rigor of the curriculum, grades, class rank, writing skills and outside-classroom activities,” commented Don Honeman, dean of admissions and financial aid. “This approach will allow us to better identify those students who will thrive at Clark and beyond.”

A Levels vs the SAT

In a strange Celebrity death match, The National Foundation Of Educational Research of the UK has examined how SAT and A level scores compare. What did the Use of an Aptitude Test in University Entrance: A Validity Study, find? According to the Times High Education:

Researchers from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) examined the students’ SAT scores and how these related to their GCSE, A-level and degree results. They found that A levels were the best predictor of degree class.

There was no evidence that SAT scores could help identify students “with the potential to benefit from higher education whose ability was not adequately reflected in their prior attainment”, says the final report from the study, which was funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the NFER, the Sutton Trust and the College Board.

Nor did the SAT results help distinguish between applicants who achieved straight As at A level.

Is anyone really surprised that the correlation between A levels and SAT is low, expect in math (Students taking A levels math generally do better in the SAT math section)? Whereas A Levels are in depth two year curricula culminating in an exam. SAT is a more generalized exam.

You go Salve Regine

Now Test Optional.

I had a chance to visit them this past summer–Gorgeous campus with 7 million dollar mansion serving as university facilities along with purpose build classrooms. Salve Regine served as the location for some of the scenes of the Great Gatsby.

Admissions says:

“Our staff will continue to review applications as thoroughly as we have done in the past,” said Colleen Emerson, dean of undergraduate admissions. “The most important part of our application review process has always been and will continue to be a student’s day-to-day performance in a strong curriculum. Our best applicants have always been those who have challenged themselves to go beyond the minimum requirements.”

Check out the over 800 colleges that are test optional.

Countdown to early 3: Getting your testing in order

So you have decided to apply early and you want another crack at the SAT. Do you need it? Check your profile against the college’s mid fiftieth of accepted students.  How to get ready for it? Certainly you could take a full course from one of the big test prep companies, but honestly most of you probably do not need that. I offer one of the best, and its free:

Some other options include:


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The major makers of the tests, both Collegeboard and ACT offer some free components.

CollegeBoard Planning Kit

My College QuickStart is a good place to start for students who took the PSAT. It includes a free personalized planning kit based on your test results, an online PSAT score report which includes projected SAT score ranges and information about state percentiles, a customized SAT study plan, and personalized lists of colleges, majors and careers. Use the access code from your PSAT score report (it’s on the top right hand corner of your PSAT report) to register. See here for more details including:

Official SAT Practice Questions

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The ACT Site

The ACT website also has free ACT prep materials.

Many test prep companies offer free trials or sponsored trials.


PrepMe offers a free diagnostic SAT and ACT

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The US Army sponsors a site called March 2 Success. Free, but you need to register. Unclear whether recruiters will show up to your door after the test…

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