As students and colleges adapt to new realities and changes in the college admissions process, the College Board is making sure their programs adapt with them. The pandemic accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to simplify their work and reduce demands on students. As part of this process, they have been making substantial investments in the SAT® Suite of Assessments and in tools to help colleges connect with students.

1. Discontinuing SAT Subject Tests:

College Board will no longer offer the SAT Subject Tests in the United States. Students in the U.S. will automatically have their registrations canceled and receive a refund. Because SAT Subject Tests are used internationally for a wider variety of purposes, they will provide two more administrations in May and June of 2021 for students in international locations. Students should check colleges’ websites for the most up-to-date information on their application policies.

2. Discontinuing the optional SAT Essay section:

Students can still take the SAT with Essay through the June 2021 SAT administration. After June 2021, they will continue to provide the essay only in states where it’s required for SAT School Day administrations for accountability purposes. Students who are registered for the SAT with Essay this spring can cancel the Essay portion at any time, free of charge.

3. Exploring a more flexible SAT—a streamlined, digitally delivered exam that meets the evolving needs of students and higher education.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of being innovative and adaptive to what lies ahead. The College Board is committed to making the SAT a more flexible tool, and they are making substantial investments to do so. More information will be shared on this progress later this spring.

There’s still a clear demand from students to take the SAT as a way to show their strengths to colleges. Most immediately, they are working to provide as many opportunities as possible for students in the class of 2022 to take the SAT this year by:

  • Allocating seats that would’ve gone to students taking SAT Subject Tests to those who want to take the SAT.
  • Being prepared to expand capacity for existing administrations and add administrations in the fall if the pandemic continues to impact testing this spring.

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