At the end of this post, we discuss what this means for students planning on taking the SAT between now and June 2021. The SAT Essay is optional. Students do not have to sit for it. In fact, they must elect to take the Essay when registering for the SAT.
According to plans laid out by administrators, UC schools will have the option to use ACT/SAT test scores during the fall 2021 and fall 2022 admissions years, adopting what is typically known as a test-optional policy. “By 2025, any use of the ACT/SAT would be eliminated for California students,” reads the plan.May 31, 2021
The SAT is a paper-based test administered at schools and sites around the country on select dates throughout the year. Students are allowed to take the test as many times as they want; most universities will only look at the highest score or the super-score (a combination of the highest sections).
That the UCs and other universities are now ditching the SAT could be seen as a long-awaited acknowledgment of that reality. The UC system's announcement last year followed a unanimous vote by the Board of Regents to make the SAT and ACT optional for two years.Mar 3, 2021
According to the College Board's SAT Suite of Assessments Annual Report, 68% of test takers opted to take the essay. Some schools don't require the essay, but they may recommend taking it. Other schools may not even look at your essay score in the admissions process.Jan 24, 2019
For some high school students, doing the optional SAT essay can be an advantage when applying to college. As a result, many test-takers opt against completing the essay component of the exam. For some kinds of students, however, composing the optional SAT essay can be quite beneficial.Nov 25, 2019
Last month, the College Board announced that it would discontinue the essay-writing section of the SAT. It's the latest in a series of recent decisions to reduce the use of standardized testing in college admissions. Proponents of the decision cited claims of racism and bias against underrepresented groups.Feb 24, 2021
College Board Will No Longer Offer SAT Subject Tests or SAT with Essay. As students and colleges adapt to new realities and changes to the college admissions process, College Board is making sure our programs adapt with them. We're making some changes to reduce demands on students.Jan 19, 2021