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Will Lack of "Recommended" SAT 2 Subject Tests Hurt Me?

Question: I am an international student applying for college and I've taken my SAT general tests. I haven't taken my SAT 2 and I won't be able to to meet the deadlines of early decision, if I apply to top universities that say they "recommend but don't require" SAT 2 tests, considering my transcript and results are considerably good, will my lack of sat 2 really affect me?

Most of the “elite" colleges that used to require Subject Tests are now only “recommending" them. This switch was made largely because some students –especially international students like you as well as US students from disadvantaged backgrounds or from high schools that don't typically send applicants to highly selective colleges—were often not well advised and thus didn't take the Subject Tests in time to meet Early deadlines (or at all!)

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