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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. 

Last Updated: Jul 30, 2019 8:01:00 AM


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”)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Rice University (TX)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • 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 – engineering, biology and physical sciences applicants
  • University of California, Santa Barbara – engineering, math, biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, computing  and College of Creative Studies applicants
  • University of the Pacific (CA) – engineering, physical science, life sciences, engineering management, pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-pharmacy applicants

This list was last updated in July 2019. 

Topics: Test-Prep College Choice Subject Test


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