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do i need to take sat subject tests?

vampppvamppp Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
Hi! So most of the schools I'm looking at recommend 2 sat subject tests. I've heard that recommended basically means required, is this true?

I'm really hoping I don't have to take any subject tests because I don't excel at any subject in particular. For the schools I'm looking at I would probably need to get a 700+. Also, since I'm a junior now it's kind of last minute so I don't have much time to self study and cram.

I already took the act and got a 35 composite and thought that this would be enough for testing but now I realize subject tests are recommended regardless of sat or act.

Replies to: do i need to take sat subject tests?

  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Not that any schools require SAT subject tests if the ACT is submitted. Check carefully. If you intended to apply to a school that recommends SAT subject tests, and you are unhooked, I think you need them. Sorry about that.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 15,249 Senior Member
    It depends on which school you are going to apply. For Stanford that recommend SAT2, around 95% of the admitted students actually submitted SAT2 scores. As Lindagaf said (with a typo), not that many schools require SAT subject tests if ACT score is submitted. Nevertheless, there are certain schools or programs that do require subject tests. For very competitive schools, one should treat any recommended as required just like the case in Stanford.
  • oldschooldadoldschooldad Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Do a couple subject tests. If possible, it would be good to knock off one or two at June test date while subjects are fresh in your mind (you can still register and pay late free but do this SOON because registration will close shortly)....Of course, June test date only makes sense if you are feeling confident in preparations for classes which you are finishing now...You could always take tests in August or fall, but that runs risk of your memory of material fading over summer and you will be busy with applications.

    As I understand, you can switch choice of subjects up to time of test. So you can sign up now even if your not 100% sure of number tests or subjects to take.

  • XCX0501XCX0501 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    I would recommend taking them. If you don't excel at any subjects in particular, then consider taking one STEM-related test (preferably, Math Level 2, since the science ones are a pain to study for) and one non-STEM-related test (are you good at history?).
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