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Is SAT Essay Required?

RayMantaRayManta 192 replies8 threads Junior Member
Hi folks--does anyone know if the optional essay component of the SAT is required to apply at Amherst? I've searched the school's website, and it is silent about this. Thanks!
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  • evergreen5evergreen5 1545 replies32 threads Senior Member
    It seems to be gone, so no longer needed. It must have been removed recently. A few months ago, the essay was "recommended" by Amherst.

    Amherst also allows self-reporting in the Common App.
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  • usctransfer10256usctransfer10256 23 replies3 threads Junior Member
    It depends on the school. Some schools require it while others don't. You'd have to check whether the school you want to go to requires you to take the SAT essay. From my experience, most colleges don't require you to take it. However, some recommend you take it.
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  • RayMantaRayManta 192 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Thanks. A third-party web site claims that the essay is "recommended" by Amherst, but Amherst's own site doesn't mention it at all. It's odd. There seems to be very few schools that require it, and my daughter prefers not to--just an additional cause of stress that could potentially be avoided completely.
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  • evergreen5evergreen5 1545 replies32 threads Senior Member
    Third-party websites are almost always out-of-date when it comes to standardized test requirements. You are right to trust Amherst's own website on this.
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  • wyntersaucewyntersauce 16 replies2 threads Junior Member
    In Section C8B of Amherst's Common Data Set from 2018, they highly recommend taking the SAT with Essay. Given that it is a liberal arts school that emphasizes proficiency in writing, makes sense to me. https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/facts/common_data_sets/2018. Unless things have changed, of course.
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  • RayMantaRayManta 192 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Thanks. It seems like their policy has changed, though--that's why we were confused.
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  • drgigantordrgigantor 13 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Got this in an email from the Admissions Office:

    "The essay portion of the SAT is not required for admission at Amherst. So, if the student chooses not to take the essay portion, there will be no impact to their application."
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  • RayMantaRayManta 192 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Thanks! It's always great to have confirmation--I appreciate the reply. I actually had an anxiety dream about this last week. Not that my daughter is planning to apply ED or anything . . . :-\
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  • drgigantordrgigantor 13 replies5 threads Junior Member
    My daughter's a junior at Amherst, and she loves it. So many great opportunities. My son's considering applying. @RayManta, good luck to your daughter!
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