Do I Need to Take a Subject Test? If you're applying to one of the schools below, the answer is


The following schools require Subject Tests from all applicants, regardless of what other standardized testing results are shared:

  • California Institute of Technology

  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The following schools require Subject Tests from all applicants from the United States, unless the student selects to “substitute” AP or IB exam results for the corresponding Subject Test:

  • University of Toronto (ON)

  • L’ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (Switzerland)

  • King’s College of London (United Kingdom)

The following school requires Subject Tests from all applicants from the United States if they submit an SAT but NOT if they submit an ACT:

  • McGill University (PQ)

The following schools require Subject Tests from some applicants, regardless of what additional standardized testing is submitted:

  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (NY) – required for prospective engineering majors only

  • Cornell University (NY) – required for applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering

  • Northwestern University (IL) –three required only for students applying to Integrated Science and Engineering Program—only one in US that requires three; may also consider AP, IB or college courses to fulfill requirement

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