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3 Subject Test Requirement - Is it strict?

monstor344monstor344 Registered User Posts: 2,502 Senior Member
edited August 2010 in Georgetown University
Hey guys,
I'm just wondering how stringent Georgetown is about its 3 subject test "requirement". I read this on their website:
From Georgetown University- Office of Undergraduate Admissions :

It is strongly recommended that all candidates, whether they have taken the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT, submit three SAT Subject Tests scores. The scores from writing portion on the SAT Reasoning Test and the optional writing portion of the ACT will not be used in place of a Subject Test.
The wording used does not make it seem an actual requirement but only a suggestion. Obviously the unhooked candidate would be best off taking and submitting 3 SAT 2s, but would a recruited athlete (particularly a basketball player) be required to take 3 SAT 2s? It seems unlikely that many of these big-time athletes have fulfilled those requirements, and given the wording on the website perhaps I am correct in speculating that Georgetown does not truly require 3 SAT subject tests, at least for certain applicants. Thoughts?
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Replies to: 3 Subject Test Requirement - Is it strict?

  • dzleprechaundzleprechaun Registered User Posts: 816 Member
    Yes. That's why it says "strongly recommended," not "required."
  • roylikeswafflesroylikeswaffles Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    Wait, so is it actually required that we take any at all or do we need to take 3?
  • rainbsprinklesrainbsprinkles Registered User Posts: 141 Junior Member
    If you are the average RD applicant then you should take 3 SAT IIs. Even legacies.
  • rainbsprinklesrainbsprinkles Registered User Posts: 141 Junior Member
    I would think that not taking 3 SAT IIs would appear to the adcom as someone who didn't have enough motivation to do the things that Gtown requires. It's not like you have to take a whole other day to do 3 SAT IIs - you can do 3 in one sitting, it's not that hard.

    This is all personal speculation, but if I were on the adcom and I had two people with similar stats, and one had made the effort to take (and do well on) 3 SAT IIs, that would be the person I would give admission too.
    Shoot, I might even subconsciously dismiss the person who didn't do them and regard their application in a completely different like because of their lackadaisical demeanor I would infer.
  • dzleprechaundzleprechaun Registered User Posts: 816 Member
    I did not submit 3 SAT IIs and I got waitlisted from SFS. I don't think not taking them affected their decision so much but if you don't have some AP Scores to show the admissions officers, I'd say it's a good idea to take them.

    NB: Georgetown doesn't use AP scores in the admissions process, only for awarding credit.
  • monstor344monstor344 Registered User Posts: 2,502 Senior Member
    By the way I ask this question as a possible recruited athlete myself.
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