College Board announced Tuesday that two of its SAT tests will be discontinued.

This comes as College Board adapts to a changing college admissions process, the organization said in an article posted to its website.

“The pandemic accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to reduce and simplify demands on students,” the organization said. “As part of this process, we’re making substantial investments in the SAT Suite and in tools to help colleges connect with students.”

College Board will discontinue the SAT subject tests in the United States. College Board said students who have already registered for the tests will have their registrations canceled and will receive a refund.

“The expanded reach of AP and its widespread availability for low-income students and students of color means the subject tests are no longer necessary for students to show what they know,” College Board stated, adding that AP courses provide ways for students to showcase their knowledge and use hands-on and real-world experiences.

College Board is also discontinuing the optional SAT essay after June. The organization said there are other ways for students to demonstrate their mastery of essay writing, adding that the SAT will continue to measure writing and editing skills.

“Since the SAT had made the essay optional beginning in 2016, students have had to really do their research on if the college they are applying to required the essay or not,” said LISD Deputy Superintendent Lori Rapp. “Now that the essay will no longer be part of the SAT students will no longer have to worry about making the decision on whether they should take the essay or not.”

Rapp said the change could also help teachers.

“This change can help teachers by not having to prepare some students for the essay while also preparing students who were not planning to take the essay,” Rapp said. 

College Board also stated it is investing in a more streamlined, digitally delivered option for the test.

College Board said it’s looking to provide more opportunities for students in the Class of 2022 to take the SAT by allocating more seats that would have been taken by subject test takers. It’s also considering increasing the capacity for the existing administration of the tests, which could include a fall administration if the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the spring tests.  

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