right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
Join us for a LIVE webinar Thursday, June 11 at 7pm ET to hear from students on how COVID-19 impacted their college plans and current on-campus experiences. Zai, Ethan, and Rohan will share information about their college and application experiences. REGISTER NOW!
College Confidential stands united with African American students and their families against racial injustice and in pursuit of higher education and equality in America.
GUEST STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Zai Dawodu overcame a low GPA to get into top schools like Northwestern or NYU. She'll be attending Northwestern to study Computer Science. ASK HER ANYTHING!
Make sure to check out our June Checklists for HS Juniors and HS Seniors. Consult these quick resources to get you started on the process this month.
As we work to adjust to the current reality, make sure to check out these dedicated COVID-19 resources: our directory of virtual campus tours, our directory of extended deadlines, as well as the list of schools going test optional this fall.

Can a subject test score make or break an application?

ThundercrashboltThundercrashbolt 51 replies27 threads Junior Member
Especially if the college says that it's "recommended" rather than required. Thanks
8 replies
· Reply · Share

Replies to: Can a subject test score make or break an application?

  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    Do you have actual schools/scores in minds, or is this all purely hypothetical? Like many things, the answer is "It depends." An 800 will not compensate for an otherwise weak application, but a 550 won't do you any favors.
    · Reply · Share
  • ThundercrashboltThundercrashbolt 51 replies27 threads Junior Member
    I mean, I do have a couple of schools and scores in mind, but I'd rather keep the situation hypothetical for personal reasons if that's okay.
    · Reply · Share
  • brantlybrantly 4228 replies75 threads Senior Member
    I have no inside info, but my hunch has always been that the subject test scores are meant to be confirmatory.
    · Reply · Share
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 9864 replies110 threads Senior Member
    At a very competitive school, you want every part of your application to be as solid as possible. Will it keep you out of a school? Probably depends on how bad the score.
    · Reply · Share
  • OttermaOtterma 1505 replies30 threads Senior Member
    If the applicant is on the edge of being accepted, then having a significantly better or worse subject test score than other candidates could easily make or break it.

    Since you never know if you are on the edge or not with very competitive colleges (the ones that generally want the subject tests), it's best to assume that the tests are make or break and prep accordingly.
    · Reply · Share
  • Eeyore123Eeyore123 1880 replies23 threads Senior Member
    The simple answer is that if it never mattered, there would be no reason for them to ask for it.
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    I'd rather keep the situation hypothetical for personal reasons
    Then hypothetically, I cannot imagine that an applicant applying to these colleges would not want to ensure that their application is as strong as possible.

    And since this is hypothetical, I'm moving the thread to the low-trafficked cafe with the other hypothetical threads.
    · Reply · Share
  • brantlybrantly 4228 replies75 threads Senior Member
    The simple answer is that if it never mattered, there would be no reason for them to ask for it.
    Not necessarily. Putting up a few hurdles weeds out the ones who are not serious.
    · Reply · Share
This discussion has been closed.

Recent Activity