Parents and students can rejoice as more selective colleges, like Columbia, Penn, and the University of California system, continue to drop the SAT II as a requirement for their applications.
Regardless of whether the colleges your child applies to require the SAT II, they will still require the SAT I or the ACT as part of their applications. Applicants should still prioritize SAT and ACT prep as one of the main components of a college application that they can use to improve their odds of admission.
Students enrolled in AP or IB classes, or those that speak a foreign language at home should consider taking SAT II subject tests in those areas. Just because SAT II tests are not required, does not mean that a strong score in a SAT II subject test will not help your child earn admission to her dream college. Use SAT II subject tests to your child’s advantage if your child is in a position to score well on them. If the SAT II’s are a source of anxiety or a struggle for your child, then avoid them if they are not required.