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Do I Have to Take a Subject Test?

If you're applying to one of the schools on the below list, the answer is PROBABLY.

We previously wrote about schools that require the SAT Subject test, this blog will reference the schools the recommend the SAT Subject Test. Keep in mind, when a school says "recommend" it's almost as good as saying "required."

These schools recommend Subject Tests for ALL admissions candidates

  • Brown University (RI)

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

  • Duke University (NC)

  • Georgetown University (DC)

  • Harvard University (MA) (except “if the cost of taking the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them”)

  • Lafayette College (PA)

  • Lehigh University (PA)

  • Hillsdale College (MI)

  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy

  • Morehouse College (GA)

  • North Carolina Central University

  • Princeton University (NJ)

  • Rice University (TX)

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Puerto Rico Bayamon

  • University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

  • Webb Institute of Naval Architecture (NY)

  • Yale University (CT)

These schools recommend Subject Tests for SOME admissions candidates

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA) – engineering, humanities/social science, information systems, science, computer science and business applicants

  • Catholic University of America (DC) – arts/sciences and philosophy applicants

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD) – engineering applicants

  • Pratt Institute (NY) – architecture applicants

  • University of California, Berkeley – chemistry and engineering applicants

  • University of California, Irvine – School of The Arts, engineering, pharmaceutical sciences and public health applicants

  • University of California, Los Angeles – engineering applicants

  • University of California, Riverside – engineering and natural/agricultural science applicants

  • University of California, San Diego – biology and physical sciences applicants

  • University of California, Santa Barbara – engineering and College of Creative Studies applicants

  • University of Delaware – applicants to Honors Program

  • University of the Pacific (CA) – engineering, physical science, life sciences, engineering management, pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-pharmacy applicants

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