Columbia University announced yesterday that it is dropping both the SAT Subject Test and standardized writing requirements. With this announcement, Columbia became the first Ivy League school to only require the SAT/ACT. (Technically, University of Pennsylvania doesn’t require the writing portion, but it does recommend the SAT Subject Tests.)
We don’t see this leading to more qualified applications for Columbia as the majority of their applicant pool is still going to take those tests for the rest of their reach schools. Nonetheless, it’s good to see the school take the lead on dropping these requirements if they don’t believe the tests have strong predictive values for college success. Finally, if any other elite schools decide to follow Columbia’s lead for this coming application season, we expect them to make similar announcements soon so applicants still have some time to prepare accordingly.