The good news is that Subject Tests scores are not longer required by most colleges. If you plan to apply to a highly selective college, however, you may need still need to submit them (see below).
Early in the college admissions process, it is important to find out whether or not you will need to submit results from these exams. Far too many students find out late in the college admissions process that they need to submit these scores to certain colleges.
Note: Because you arrived at this page, I am assuming you know about the SAT Subject Tests, but if not, read my article on the role of SAT Subject Tests in college admissions.
Bold = Required Non-Bold = Recommended Starred(*) = Considered
For an updated list of the specific requirements at these colleges, please click here.
Note: The purpose of the list below is to make students and parents aware of which colleges currently require these tests, which I labeled in bold. What this means is that if a student plans to apply to one of these schools, then the student MUST take at least two Subject Tests. The colleges that are not bolded are the ones that recommend the Subject Tests for all applicants or of certain majors or scholarships.
Several colleges on the list above will waive the requirement for SAT Subject Tests scores if you submit results from the ACT exam. For students with high ACT scores, especially in Math and Science, submitting the ACT may be the way to go.
Note: Please remember that colleges frequently change the requirements on a year-to-year basis, so use the list below as a guideline, but once you pull your final list together, review the actual website from the college for verification. If a college "recommends" submitting Subject Tests, take it seriously. Although "recommended" admissions (for example, Stanford) is signaling that Subject Tests are an important part of the application review.
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