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Harvard Reduces SAT Subject Test Requirement

Students applying to Harvard this fall (to the Class of 2015) will be required to submit two SAT Subject Test scores, one less than the three required in prior years.

The Harvard Crimson reported that “this change, along with Georgetown’s decision to ‘strongly recommend’ rather than require the submission of three Subject Test scores, marks the end of a three-Subject Test requirement at any university in the nation, according to a National Association for College Admission Counseling report.”

According to the Crimson, “Dean of Admission and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said that the decision—which was made in March by a faculty committee and will affect students vying for spots in the Class of 2015—was arrived at based on a review of the validity of the writing portion of the standard SAT in predicting students’ grades at Harvard.”

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