The College Board announced Tuesday that it is ending the optional essay section and subject-area exams of the SAT for college-bound U. The coronavirus pandemic "accelerated a process already underway" to "simplify our work and reduce demands on students," the College Board, a standardized testing nonprofit, said in a note to members. Broader and more diverse access to Advanced Placement courses, the College Board said, means SAT tests in subjects like biology, physics and world history are "no longer necessary for students to show what they know. The optional SAT essay section, which was introduced in , will be discontinued after June testing dates because "there are other ways for students to demonstrate their mastery of essay writing," the College Board said. After June, the point section will continue to be available in states where it is required for SAT School Day , which the College Board says is "a way to offer the SAT to juniors and seniors in school, on a weekday," in a way that doesn't conflict with after-school and weekend commitments and streamlines access to reduced-price and low-income options for needy students.
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Before requesting a refund, make sure you're confident in your decision. Weigh your priorities and options. If you're just unsure about taking the SAT Essay portion, no problem. You may be able to remove or add the SAT Essay from your registration on test day if test materials, rooms, and staff are available. If you are able to switch on test day, the essay portion of your registration will be refunded after the test.
SAT Discontinues Subject Tests And Optional Essay
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