Harvard Drops SAT Subject Tests for Undergrad Admissions

May 22 (Bloomberg) -- Harvard University is dropping a requirement that applicants to its undergraduate college take SAT subject tests.

While the Ivy League school still requires the SAT or ACT entrance exam, applications will be considered without two subject tests, according to the admissions website.

“Standardized testing is only one component of our holistic admissions process and your application will be evaluated on the basis of all of the other information that you submit,” the school said on the website.

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

The College Board, owner of the SAT, said in March that it was revamping the entrance exam for delivery in 2016, and the now-mandatory writing section will become optional.

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

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