SAT Subject Tests and SAT Essay Dropped

Recently, both the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT Essay were dropped by College Board. Both of these are optional additions to the SAT test.

Here is information on the dropping of these two SAT additions:

Why are these being dropped by College Board?
“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.” (College Board)

SAT Subject Tests:

20 different tests
5 general subjects: English, History, Languages, Mathematics, Science
To test your knowledge in specific subjects

What you need to know:
Will no longer be offered in the U.S.
Two more administrations: May and June 2021 (for international students)
If you are registered for an upcoming test (in the U.S.), you will have your registration (automatically) cancelled and your fees refunded
If you plan to register or are registered outside the U.S., you can still test through the June 2021 administration

SAT essay:

Similar to college level writing to show college you are ready and can handle that level of writing
Steps: read passage, explain author’s argument, then show evidence from the text

What you need to know:
If you are registered or plan to register for the SAT with the essay, you can still test through the June 2021 administration. If you want to cancel the essay, this can be done.
In certain states, some schools require the essay as part of the SAT School Day administrations. This is the only availability of the essay after June 2021.
There are writing opportunities in the regular SAT test. In this way, the SAT will be able to measure writing skills.

For more information on the SAT Subject Tests, SAT Essay and the SAT test see: