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Is Spanish Subject Test Required for Ivy League Applicant?

Question: My son is about to start 12th grade and wants to apply to Ivy league schools. He has finished four years of Spanish and has decided not to continue because of a heavy load of AP classes. Will he have to take an SAT subject test in a language if he applies to University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Princeton, Yale and Brown?

Your son does not need to take the Spanish Subject Test (or any foreign language SAT II). However, he will need two Subject Tests for the schools you've named. Thus, with four years of Spanish under his belt, he might want to give it a shot anyway, even if he's not currently enrolled in a Spanish class. Of course, if he has other areas in which he feels more confident (e.g., science, history) then there's no need for him to take a shot at the Spanish.

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