Are Subject Tests something I need to take?
Subject tests continue to be one of the most confusing aspects of the college application process: Do you need to take them? Is is good to take if not required? Which ones should you take?
There is no easy answer, because some schools still “recommend” exams for applicants, whereas others only require or recommend for specific majors. Other schools describe the subject tests as “value added” when included in an application. And finally others schools do not consider them at all. To cut through all the confusion, CCPrep provides the following recommendation to its students:
1. All engineering majors should take Math II and a Science Subject Test.
2. Students applying to Ivy Leagues, where the exams are recommended, should take Subject Tests
3. We advise AP/IB students who are doing well in their course to take the corresponding Subject Test for those schools that consider Subject Tests “Value Added”
4. Non AP/IB students and students not excelling in their AP/IB coursework should be decided on a case by case basis.
Please be aware, the colleges are still in the process of updating their policies regarding Subject Tests. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise you accordingly.