Georgetown admissions changes SAT Subject Test policy

Remember being forced to sit through at least three hours of SAT II subject testing, just so you could apply to Georgetown? Beginning this year, applicants will not be required to subject themselves to the testing.

The Examiner reports that Georgetown and Harvard University flew under the radar with their recent decisions to no longer require that three subject tests be submitted with an application for consideration.

Harvard dropped their requirement down to two, which Examiner contributor Nancy Griesemer believes the change may be a sign of the shrinking significance of standardized testing.

Georgetown, however, shifted the wording on the application rather than changing the number required.

The Office of Admissions altered the wording on the application to indicate that subject tests are now “strongly recommended” rather than being required of applicants.

What does this mean for Class of 2015 hopefuls? Although it’s still probably in the best interest of applicants to have three subject tests, there’s a good chance that many people will now simply opt out of more standardized testing.

Vox looks forward to seeing the response from standardized testing behemoth the College Board in regards to the reduction in standardized testing.

6 Comments on “Georgetown admissions changes SAT Subject Test policy

  1. Wait, this is a change? As far as I know, these scores have always been only “strongly recommended.” I got in with less than 3 SAT II’s, and I know plenty of others who did as well; it’s actually a not uncommon phenomenon for EA applicants I think (although I’ve heard of regular decision candidates getting in without 3 as well).

  2. @Doug,
    The previous language was “requested,” an admissions way of saying required; however, due to the timing of testing and EA applications there is the possibility of getting in without them. However, the new language opens the door a bit more.

  3. Geoffrey,

    “Requested” is most assuredly not the same thing as “required,” so the sentence “The Office of Admissions altered the wording on the application to indicate that subject tests are now “strongly recommended” rather than being required of applicants” is wrong. As Doug noted and as anyone at the admissions office can attest, there were many many students admitted each year who did not submit 3 SAT IIs. But don’t take my word for it, ask them.

  4. You know they haven’t been called SAT IIs in about five years, right? They are now SAT Subject Tests. *rolls eyes* And, honestly, I don’t see the problem with them. I’d rather take a one-hour subject test than the ridiculous SAT Reasoning Test, which now lasts all freakin’ morning and requires you to write the crappiest five-paragraph essay of your life.

  5. In addition to the fact that many people do get into Georgetown with out SAT Subject Tests, prefrosh and their parents are way too stressed about the admissions process as it is. As a tourguide I see potential students all the time and they really do need to relax a little bit about the admissions process. I think the admissions office recognizes this and wants to try to lessen the pressure on students. In addition, they probably don’t want to discourage students who may not have the financial means/access to take so many SAT IIs…not everyone is close to testing centers and not everyone can afford multiple saturdays of sitting filling in bubbles

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