Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations

Subject-Tests

Trending Toward Flexible

Each year, the requirements and recommendations around SAT Subject Tests (SAT II’s for the many still using the old College Board name) grow more diverse.  Colleges may find Subject Tests helpful, but they are not always in agreement about how the exams are helpful. The general trend is toward more flexible requirements.  In fact, I cannot think of a single example in the last several years where requirements have been tightened.  Still, the most competitive colleges in the country tend to be found on this list and skew toward the “required” end of the spectrum.

[You can jump ahead to the Requirements Table in alphabetical order  or to a version grouped by category of Subject Test usage.  Please come back to read up on interpreting these tables.]

Test Enhancement
Many colleges, in the words of Carleton College, feel that SAT Subject Tests “usually enhance a candidate’s credentials.” It’s the “usually” part that can make parents and students queasy.  Do you want my scores or not?  Am I one of the “unusual” students who could unenhance [sic] my chances for admission?

Safer, Saner, and Sooner
At Compass, we spend a lot of time taking on such fears. Practice tests are easy to take, score, and analyze – Compass offers free Subject Test exams almost every weekend of the year.  And the great thing about a Subject Test is that you can be done in an hour.  In short, proctored practice tests are “safer, saner, and sooner” than waiting for an exam date to roll around and taking Subject Tests cold.  In an upcoming blog post, I’ll take a closer look at testing advice and behavior when it comes to Subject Tests.  I’ll also dive in to some of the specific cases: “What do ‘normally require’ or ‘strongly encourage’ mean?”  “How can Subject Tests benefit all applicants?”  “What does is it mean when even the UC’s can’t agree?”

Classifying Colleges Using SAT Subject Tests in the 2014-2015 Admission Process
I have chosen to present the list of Subject Test consuming schools alphabetically, because the categories have a good deal of nuance.  I know how much people like categories, so I’ve provided a shorthand label for each college, more complete information about its policy, and, of course, a link directly to the part of the college’s website dealing with standardized testing.  Below the alphabetical set, I’ll provide a sort for the more categorically minded.

Required

  • Colleges listed as “Required” have Subject Test policies that require all or most students to submit scores. In almost all cases, this means 2 Subject Tests in different subjects. A majority of the colleges in this grouping actually allow for the ACT (usually, with Writing) to substitute for the SAT Reasoning (the “SAT”) and SAT Subject Tests. We have left these colleges labeled Required, since SAT submitters will need to take Subject Tests. A checkmark is included to indicate these ACT friendly policies. An applicant should always ask whether an ACT or the SAT Combo Pack better reflects his or her capabilities (and should keep the qualifications of other applicants firmly in mind.). Needless to say, an applicant should be making these decisions with input from parents, counselors, and test experts.

Recommended

  • Colleges listed as Recommended range from those schools who find it useful for students to submit SAT Subject Test scores to those who fall just short of Required (Georgetown and Stanford come to mind).

Considered

  • Colleges listed as Considered are those who view Subject Tests as optional “supplemental information,” without any actual recommendation. We only list colleges that specifically mention Subject Tests (or SAT II’s as many admission sites still refer to them).

Alternative

  • Colleges listed as Alternative are the small but growing number of schools that allow an applicant to submit Subject Test scores in lieu of SAT and ACT scores.

Colleges Using SAT Subject Tests in the Admission Process for 2014-15 (Alphabetical)
Note: Requirements/recommendations are for U.S. high school graduates. [Category sort]
ACT in Lieu Indicates a college that accepts the ACT in lieu of both the SAT and Subject Tests.
College and Link to Full Policy Category ACT in Lieu Policy
Allegheny College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Amherst College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT with 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT (Writing recommended)
Babson College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Barnard College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT with 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing
Boston College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests -- "highlight a talent in a specific area"
Boston University
Considered [Req in Special Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing

Accelerated medical and dental programs require Subject Tests in Chemistry and Math 2. A Subject Test in a foreign language is also recommended for these programs.
Bowdoin College
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Brown University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Liberal Medical Education Applicants should submit at least 1 science Subject Test
Bucknell University
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests will be considered as "supplemental information."
California Institute of Technology
Required (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Also Required: SAT Subject Test Math Level 2, and one SAT Subject Test in Biology (Ecological), Biology (Molecular), Chemistry, or Physics.
Carleton College
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: SAT Subject Tests - "usually enhance a candidate's credentials"
Carnegie Mellon University
Required [Some exceptions] (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing.
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests. Subject requirements vary by program, but include Math (Level 1 or Level 2).

College of Fine Arts programs, with the exception of Architecture, do not require Subject Tests.
Case Western Reserve University
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Claremont McKenna
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Note: Homeschooled students are required to submit 2 SAT Subject Tests, one of which much be math.
Colby College
Alternative (3)
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT
3) Three Subject Tests
College of the Holy Cross
Considered
Test Optional. The submission of standardized tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT) is optional.
Colorado College
Alternative (3)
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT
3) Three exams of the student's choice, including one verbal/writing and one quantitative, selected from the lists provided by Colorado College's website.
Columbia University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Students who choose to take the ACT may submit Subject Test scores for consideration if they wish. Students may take any 2 Subject Tests for Columbia College; for Columbia Engineering, students must take a) either Math 1 or Math 2; and b) one of the following: Biology, Physics or Chemistry.
Connecticut College
Considered
Test Optional. Students may choose to submit the SAT Reasoning Test, 2 Subject Tests, or the ACT if they wish. "If you submit multiple SAT Subject Tests, we will consider your two highest scores from two different tests."
Cooper Union
Required [Engineering Only] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Additional Requirement: School of Engineering requires SAT Subject tests in Math and Physics or Chemistry.
Cornell University
Required [Most Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Additional Requirements: 0, 1, or 2 Subject Tests depending on the college.
Dartmouth College
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests
Davidson College
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT (Writing recommended)
Recommended: 2 SAT Subject Tests (Math and one other)
Duke University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Test (foreign language recommended)s
OR
ACT with Writing
Emory University
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: "[SAT Subject Tests] are encouraged, but not required. Students are encouraged to submit SAT subject exam scores for academics areas of strength and/or interest."
Franklin Olin College of Engineering
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: Subject Tests
George Washington University
Recommended [Req Special Programs] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
2 SAT Subject Tests are required in science and mathematics for the Seven Year BA/MD program. The Honors Program recommends 2 Subject Tests.
Georgetown University
Recommended [STRONGLY] (3)
Required: Georgetown requires the SAT or ACT and does not consider the Writing scores from either test.

STRONGLY Recommended: 3 SAT Subject Tests. Breadth of subjects recommended. Foreign language and subjects of interest to the student are recommended. Georgetown requires applicants submit all College Board and ACT scores.
Hamilton College
Alternative
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT (Writing optional)
3) Quantitative, verbal, and writing tests from among SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and APs
Harvard College
Required ["Normally"] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
2 SAT Subject Tests are "normally" required.
"While we normally require two SAT Subject Tests, you may apply without them if the cost of taking the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them...If your first language is not English, a Subject Test in your first language may be less helpful."
Harvey Mudd College
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests (Math Level 2 and one other)
Haverford College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing
Ithaca College
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but "you may submit your results as supplemental information."
Johns Hopkins University
Recommended [STRONGLY] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
"Strongly encouraged": 2 SAT Subject Tests. For engineering applicants, one test should be Math Level 2 and the other a science test.
Kenyon College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests and SAT or ACT essays will be considered as additional information
Lafayette College
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: SAT Subject Tests
Lehigh University
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT. Writing will not be considered.
Recommended: SAT Subject Tests recommended
Macalester College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests -- Math (Level 1 or Level 2) and a science. "We do not have a preference as to which" science and math that you choose.
McGill University
Required [Most Programs] (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests (subject recommendations vary by department)
OR
ACT (Writing optional)
Middlebury College
Alternative (3)
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT
3) Three Subject Tests
Mills College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: "A student's overall record may be enhanced by the presentation of SAT Subject Tests. "
New York University
Alternative (3)
Test requirements satisfied by fulfilling one of the following:
A) SAT
B) ACT with Writing
C) Three Subject Tests
D) Three AP exams
E) The International Baccalaureate Diploma
F) Three IB higher-level exams (if a student is not an IB Diploma candidate)

Students who choose to submit three SAT Subject Test, AP or IB scores must submit one in literature or the humanities, one in math or science, and one of the student's choice. See link for other conditions and special exceptions. See Special Program (Tisch, Steinhardt, etc.) Requirements.
Northwestern University
Recommended [Req for Special Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: 2 SAT Subject Tests
Required: The Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) and the Integrated Science Program (ISP) REQUIRE specific Subject Tests. Homeschooled students must take Math Level 1 or 2 and 2 additional Subject Tests in different subject areas.
Oberlin College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Occidental College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Pomona College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 Subject Tests from different fields
OR
ACT (Writing strongly preferred)
Pratt Institute
Recommended [Req Architecture]
Required: SAT or ACT
Recommended: Bachelor of Architecture applicants are recommended to take the Math Level 1 or Level 2 Subject Test.
Princeton University
Required (2)
SAT or ACT (With Writing, where available)
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests (Engineering candidates are advised to take a math Subject Test and either chemistry or physics. More than two Subject Test Scores will be considered if submitted, with greatest weight given to the two strongest scores.
Randolph-Macon College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Reed College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT (Writing optional)
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Considered [Req for Special Programs]
ACT in Lieu
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing. Applicants to the accelerated program must take the ACT with Writing or the SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests (1 math and 1 science)
Rice University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests (it is recommended that Subject Tests be taken in subjects related to proposed area of study)
OR
ACT with Writing
Scripps College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Smith College
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Stanford University
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing. ALL test scores from ALL dates must be submitted for the SAT and ACT.

Recommended: "SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be at a disadvantage. Because SAT Subject Tests are optional, applicants may use Score Choice to selectively send their SAT Subject Test scores."
Stevens Institute of Technology
Considered [Req Special Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing

Subject Tests in Math (Level 1 or 2) and either Chemistry or Biology are required for the Accelerated Medical Program.
Swarthmore College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
2) ACT with Writing
3) SAT and ACT (with or without Writing)

Students interested in engineering are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 Subject Test.
Trinity College (CT)
Alternative (2)
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT (Writing recommended)
3) 2 SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are also considered when submitted in addition to options 1-2.
Tufts University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Engineering applicants submitting Subject Tests are advised to take math and either physics or chemistry. Students considering a major in mathematics or the sciences are advised to take math and a science test.
Union College
Considered [Req for Special Programs]
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and Subject Test scores will continue to be considered from applicants who choose to submit them.

Students applying to the 8-year MD program are required to submit 1 math and 1 science Subject Test along with the SAT. Alternatively, applicants can submit the ACT in lieu of both SAT and Subject Tests.
University of California, Berkeley
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: College of Chemisty and College of Engineering recommend Math Level 2 and a science related to the applicants intended major.
University of California, Davis
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT (Writing optional)
Considered: SAT Subject Tests considered if submitted
University of California, Irvine
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: School of Engineering, Department of Pharmaceuitical Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, and Program in Public Health all have specific Subject Test recommendations.
University of California, Los Angeles
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recommends Math Level 2 and a science test related to the applicant's intended major.
University of California, Merced
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
University of California, Riverside
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering recommend Math Level 2 and either Chemistry or Physics.
University of California, San Diego
Recommended for Some Programs
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: Biological or physical science applicants and applicants to the School of Engineering should take Math Level 2 and a science Subject Test related to the applicant's intended major.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: Math Level 2 is recommended for College of Engineering applicants and College of Creative Studies applicants in math, physics, or computer science. In addition, physics, biology, chemistry, and biochemistry majors are recommended to take the appropriate science Subject Test.
University of California, Santa Cruz
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
University of Chicago
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT (Writing optional)
Considered: "If you have done exceptionally well on a particular subject test and would like to show us, feel free to send us that score."
University of Delaware
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: 2 Subject Tests recommended; STRONGLY recommended for the Honors Program
University of Georgia
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: SAT Subject Tests
University of Miami
Considered [Req Special Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT

Honors Program in Medicine and Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology require minimum scores of 600 on a math Subject Test and on a science Subject Test.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: "You may submit supplemental scores from AP, IB or SAT Subject tests if you think they are a good reflection of your mastery of the material."
University of Notre Dame
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT Considered: "SAT Subject Tests, AP, and IB tests are only used in the application process if scores enhance an application."
University of Pennsylvania
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Applicants to Penn Engineering are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 and Physics Subject Tests. Applicants to The Wharton School are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2. Applicants to the School of Nursing are strongly encouraged to take a Science Subject Test, preferably Chemistry.
University of Rochester
Alternative
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT
3) 2 or more results from SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, or IB exams
University of Southern California
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Subject Tests "Suggested"
University of Virginia
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: 2 SAT Subject Tests are strongly recommended. For students intending to study the sciences, one of the Subject Tests in Math is recommended.
Vanderbilt University
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests are optional, but will be considered if submitted.

School of Engineering applicants choosing to submit scores should strongly consider taking either Math Level 1 or Level 2.
Vassar College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing
Wake Forest University
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Washington and Lee University
Recommended [STRONGLY] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: 2 SAT Subject Tests in different subjects strongly recommended. "[Subject Tests] can provide our admission committee with useful information as we seek to distinguish between the many highly qualified applicants."
Washington University in St. Louis
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests. "We will only consider them if they strengthen your application."
Webb Institute
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
Subject Tests in Math (Level 1 or Level 2) and either Chemistry or Physics
Wellesley College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

At least one quantitative Subject Tests strongly recommended to students pursuing math or sciences.
Wesleyan University
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Williams College
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Yale University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Homeschooled and International Students

Homeschooled students and international applicants should not depend upon this list. The requirements for both groups can be considerably more rigorous. Colleges prefer more data points that directly align with the achievements of other applicants. Homeschoolers should spend the extra time searching out the testing policies of every college to which they might apply.


Colleges Using SAT Subject Tests in the Admission Process for 2014-15 (By Category)
Note: Requirements/recommendations are for U.S. high school graduates. [Alpha sort]
ACT in Lieu Indicates a college that accepts the ACT in lieu of both the SAT and Subject Tests.
Amherst College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT with 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT (Writing recommended)
Barnard College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT with 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing
Brown University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Liberal Medical Education Applicants should submit at least 1 science Subject Test
California Institute of Technology
Required (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Also Required: SAT Subject Test Math Level 2, and one SAT Subject Test in Biology (Ecological), Biology (Molecular), Chemistry, or Physics.
Carnegie Mellon University
Required [Some exceptions] (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing.
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests. Subject requirements vary by program, but include Math (Level 1 or Level 2).

College of Fine Arts programs, with the exception of Architecture, do not require Subject Tests.
Columbia University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Students who choose to take the ACT may submit Subject Test scores for consideration if they wish. Students may take any 2 Subject Tests for Columbia College; for Columbia Engineering, students must take a) either Math 1 or Math 2; and b) one of the following: Biology, Physics or Chemistry.
Cooper Union
Required [Engineering Only] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Additional Requirement: School of Engineering requires SAT Subject tests in Math and Physics or Chemistry.
Cornell University
Required [Most Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Additional Requirements: 0, 1, or 2 Subject Tests depending on the college.
Dartmouth College
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests
Duke University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Test (foreign language recommended)s
OR
ACT with Writing
Harvard College
Required ["Normally"] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
2 SAT Subject Tests are "normally" required.
"While we normally require two SAT Subject Tests, you may apply without them if the cost of taking the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them...If your first language is not English, a Subject Test in your first language may be less helpful."
Harvey Mudd College
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests (Math Level 2 and one other)
Haverford College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests -- Math (Level 1 or Level 2) and a science. "We do not have a preference as to which" science and math that you choose.
McGill University
Required [Most Programs] (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests (subject recommendations vary by department)
OR
ACT (Writing optional)
Pomona College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 Subject Tests from different fields
OR
ACT (Writing strongly preferred)
Princeton University
Required (2)
SAT or ACT (With Writing, where available)
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests (Engineering candidates are advised to take a math Subject Test and either chemistry or physics. More than two Subject Test Scores will be considered if submitted, with greatest weight given to the two strongest scores.
Rice University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests (it is recommended that Subject Tests be taken in subjects related to proposed area of study)
OR
ACT with Writing
Swarthmore College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
2) ACT with Writing
3) SAT and ACT (with or without Writing)

Students interested in engineering are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 Subject Test.
Tufts University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Engineering applicants submitting Subject Tests are advised to take math and either physics or chemistry. Students considering a major in mathematics or the sciences are advised to take math and a science test.
University of Pennsylvania
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

Applicants to Penn Engineering are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 and Physics Subject Tests. Applicants to The Wharton School are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2. Applicants to the School of Nursing are strongly encouraged to take a Science Subject Test, preferably Chemistry.
Vassar College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing
Webb Institute
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
Subject Tests in Math (Level 1 or Level 2) and either Chemistry or Physics
Wellesley College
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing

At least one quantitative Subject Tests strongly recommended to students pursuing math or sciences.
Williams College
Required (2)
SAT or ACT with Writing
AND
2 SAT Subject Tests
Yale University
Required (2)
ACT in Lieu
SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests
OR
ACT with Writing
Carleton College
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: SAT Subject Tests - "usually enhance a candidate's credentials"
Davidson College
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT (Writing recommended)
Recommended: 2 SAT Subject Tests (Math and one other)
Emory University
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: "[SAT Subject Tests] are encouraged, but not required. Students are encouraged to submit SAT subject exam scores for academics areas of strength and/or interest."
George Washington University
Recommended [Req Special Programs] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
2 SAT Subject Tests are required in science and mathematics for the Seven Year BA/MD program. The Honors Program recommends 2 Subject Tests.
Georgetown University
Recommended [STRONGLY] (3)
Required: Georgetown requires the SAT or ACT and does not consider the Writing scores from either test.

STRONGLY Recommended: 3 SAT Subject Tests. Breadth of subjects recommended. Foreign language and subjects of interest to the student are recommended. Georgetown requires applicants submit all College Board and ACT scores.
Johns Hopkins University
Recommended [STRONGLY] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
"Strongly encouraged": 2 SAT Subject Tests. For engineering applicants, one test should be Math Level 2 and the other a science test.
Lafayette College
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: SAT Subject Tests
Lehigh University
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT. Writing will not be considered.
Recommended: SAT Subject Tests recommended
Northwestern University
Recommended [Req for Special Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: 2 SAT Subject Tests
Required: The Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) and the Integrated Science Program (ISP) REQUIRE specific Subject Tests. Homeschooled students must take Math Level 1 or 2 and 2 additional Subject Tests in different subject areas.
Pratt Institute
Recommended [Req Architecture]
Required: SAT or ACT
Recommended: Bachelor of Architecture applicants are recommended to take the Math Level 1 or Level 2 Subject Test.
Stanford University
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing. ALL test scores from ALL dates must be submitted for the SAT and ACT.

Recommended: "SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be at a disadvantage. Because SAT Subject Tests are optional, applicants may use Score Choice to selectively send their SAT Subject Test scores."
University of California, Berkeley
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: College of Chemisty and College of Engineering recommend Math Level 2 and a science related to the applicants intended major.
University of California, Irvine
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: School of Engineering, Department of Pharmaceuitical Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, and Program in Public Health all have specific Subject Test recommendations.
University of California, Los Angeles
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recommends Math Level 2 and a science test related to the applicant's intended major.
University of California, Riverside
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering recommend Math Level 2 and either Chemistry or Physics.
University of California, San Diego
Recommended for Some Programs
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: Biological or physical science applicants and applicants to the School of Engineering should take Math Level 2 and a science Subject Test related to the applicant's intended major.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Recommended [Some Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
Recommended: Math Level 2 is recommended for College of Engineering applicants and College of Creative Studies applicants in math, physics, or computer science. In addition, physics, biology, chemistry, and biochemistry majors are recommended to take the appropriate science Subject Test.
University of Delaware
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: 2 Subject Tests recommended; STRONGLY recommended for the Honors Program
University of Georgia
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: SAT Subject Tests
University of Southern California
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Subject Tests "Suggested"
University of Virginia
Recommended
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: 2 SAT Subject Tests are strongly recommended. For students intending to study the sciences, one of the Subject Tests in Math is recommended.
Washington and Lee University
Recommended [STRONGLY] (2)
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Recommended: 2 SAT Subject Tests in different subjects strongly recommended. "[Subject Tests] can provide our admission committee with useful information as we seek to distinguish between the many highly qualified applicants."
Allegheny College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Babson College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Boston College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests -- "highlight a talent in a specific area"
Boston University
Considered [Req in Special Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing

Accelerated medical and dental programs require Subject Tests in Chemistry and Math 2. A Subject Test in a foreign language is also recommended for these programs.
Bowdoin College
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Bucknell University
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests will be considered as "supplemental information."
Case Western Reserve University
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Claremont McKenna
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Note: Homeschooled students are required to submit 2 SAT Subject Tests, one of which much be math.
College of the Holy Cross
Considered
Test Optional. The submission of standardized tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT) is optional.
Connecticut College
Considered
Test Optional. Students may choose to submit the SAT Reasoning Test, 2 Subject Tests, or the ACT if they wish. "If you submit multiple SAT Subject Tests, we will consider your two highest scores from two different tests."
Franklin Olin College of Engineering
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: Subject Tests
Ithaca College
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but "you may submit your results as supplemental information."
Kenyon College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests and SAT or ACT essays will be considered as additional information
Macalester College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Mills College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: "A student's overall record may be enhanced by the presentation of SAT Subject Tests. "
Oberlin College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Occidental College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests.
Randolph-Macon College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Reed College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT (Writing optional)
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Considered [Req for Special Programs]
ACT in Lieu
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing. Applicants to the accelerated program must take the ACT with Writing or the SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests (1 math and 1 science)
Scripps College
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests
Smith College
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Stevens Institute of Technology
Considered [Req Special Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing

Subject Tests in Math (Level 1 or 2) and either Chemistry or Biology are required for the Accelerated Medical Program.
Union College
Considered [Req for Special Programs]
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and Subject Test scores will continue to be considered from applicants who choose to submit them.

Students applying to the 8-year MD program are required to submit 1 math and 1 science Subject Test along with the SAT. Alternatively, applicants can submit the ACT in lieu of both SAT and Subject Tests.
University of California, Davis
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT (Writing optional)
Considered: SAT Subject Tests considered if submitted
University of California, Merced
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
University of California, Santa Cruz
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing.
Considered: Subject Tests.
University of Chicago
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT (Writing optional)
Considered: "If you have done exceptionally well on a particular subject test and would like to show us, feel free to send us that score."
University of Miami
Considered [Req Special Programs]
Required: SAT or ACT

Honors Program in Medicine and Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology require minimum scores of 600 on a math Subject Test and on a science Subject Test.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: "You may submit supplemental scores from AP, IB or SAT Subject tests if you think they are a good reflection of your mastery of the material."
University of Notre Dame
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT Considered: "SAT Subject Tests, AP, and IB tests are only used in the application process if scores enhance an application."
Vanderbilt University
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered: SAT Subject Tests are optional, but will be considered if submitted.

School of Engineering applicants choosing to submit scores should strongly consider taking either Math Level 1 or Level 2.
Wake Forest University
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Washington University in St. Louis
Considered
Required: SAT or ACT
Considered: SAT Subject Tests. "We will only consider them if they strengthen your application."
Wesleyan University
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Considered
Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Colby College
Alternative (3)
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT
3) Three Subject Tests
Colorado College
Alternative (3)
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT
3) Three exams of the student's choice, including one verbal/writing and one quantitative, selected from the lists provided by Colorado College's website.
Hamilton College
Alternative
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT (Writing optional)
3) Quantitative, verbal, and writing tests from among SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and APs
Middlebury College
Alternative (3)
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT
3) Three Subject Tests
New York University
Alternative (3)
Test requirements satisfied by fulfilling one of the following:
A) SAT
B) ACT with Writing
C) Three Subject Tests
D) Three AP exams
E) The International Baccalaureate Diploma
F) Three IB higher-level exams (if a student is not an IB Diploma candidate)

Students who choose to submit three SAT Subject Test, AP or IB scores must submit one in literature or the humanities, one in math or science, and one of the student's choice. See link for other conditions and special exceptions. See Special Program (Tisch, Steinhardt, etc.) Requirements.
Trinity College (CT)
Alternative (2)
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT (Writing recommended)
3) 2 SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are also considered when submitted in addition to options 1-2.
University of Rochester
Alternative
Testing requirements satisfied with 1 of the following options:
1) SAT
2) ACT
3) 2 or more results from SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, or IB exams

About Art Sawyer

Art graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he was the top-ranked liberal arts student in his class. Art pioneered the one-on-one approach to test prep in California in 1989 and co-founded Compass Education Group in 2004 in order to bring the best ideas and tutors into students' homes and computers. Although he has attained perfect scores on all flavors of the SAT and ACT, he is routinely beaten in backgammon.