Date
26 September 2017
Tourists gather around a statue on the Harvard campus. The Ivy League school may allow applicants in financial hardship to skip some tests. Photo: Bloomberg
Tourists gather around a statue on the Harvard campus. The Ivy League school may allow applicants in financial hardship to skip some tests. Photo: Bloomberg

Harvard scraps SAT subject tests for undergrad admissions

Harvard University is dropping a requirement that applicants to its undergraduate college take SAT (scholastic assessment test) subject tests, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The Ivy League school still requires SAT or ACT (American college testing) entrance exam but applications will be considered without two subject tests.

Standardized testing is only one component of the admissions process and applicants will be evaluated on the basis of all other information given, it said on its website.

Applicants can also skip the test if it presents a financial hardship. The basic subject test costs US$24.50, language with listening is US$24 and all other subject tests are US$13 per exam.

in March, the College Board, which owns SAT, said it was revamping the entrance exam for delivery in 2016 and the mandatory writing section will become optional.

Harvard, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, accepted 5.9 percent of 34,295 freshman applications it received this year, the report said.

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