As students and colleges adapt to new realities and changes to the college admissions process, College Board is making sure our programs adapt with them. We’re making some changes to reduce demands on students.
We are no longer offering SAT Subject Tests™ in the U.S. Because SAT Subject Tests are used internationally for a wider variety of purposes, we’ll provide two more administrations, in May and June of 2021, for international students.
- Students currently registered for an upcoming Subject Test in the U.S. will automatically have their registration canceled and fees refunded.
- Students who are currently registered for, or plan to register for, an upcoming Subject Test outside the U.S. can still test through the June 2021
administration. Students who no longer want to take Subject Tests can contact Customer Service to cancel and receive a refund.
We’ve reached out to our member colleges and they’ll decide whether and how to consider students’ Subject Test scores. Students should check colleges’ websites for the most up-to-date information on their application policies.
We will also discontinue the optional SAT Essay after the June 2021 administration.
- Students who are currently registered, or plan to register, for an upcoming SAT with Essay will still be able to test through the June 2021
administration. Students who prefer to cancel the optional Essay portion of their SAT can do so in their online account, with no change fees,
until the registration deadline.
- After June 2021, the Essay will only be available in states where it’s required as part of SAT School Day administrations. Students scheduled to
take the SAT on a school day should check with their school about whether the Essay will be included.
Writing remains essential to college readiness and the SAT will continue to measure writing and editing skills, but there are other ways for students to demonstrate their mastery of essay writing, and the SAT will continue to measure writing throughout the test. The tasks on the SAT Reading and Writing and Language sections are among the most effective and predictive parts of the SAT.