New SAT Essay: Top Universities Requiring the Writing Test
The New SAT in March 2016 delivered many changes to college bound high school students including:
- An absence of a penalty for wrong answers
- Scores changing from the system used since 2005 providing a maximum of 2400 to the old score of 1600
- And arguably, the difficulty, many say the test may have even became easier when it comes to reading and grammar
One change many high schoolers were grateful for was the the dropping of the Essay portion of the exam as a requirement to complete the exam. Following in the College Board’s footsteps, many Universities also opted to not require it as a part of their application for admissions.
However, the Top Universities definitely did not shy away from continuing the requirement. Using the Times Higher Education Top US Colleges list for 2016, we examine who does and who does not:
Top Colleges Still Requiring the SAT Essay
Top universities in the United States 2016 by Times Higher Education
The College Board’s List of Colleges which Require or do Not
**We currently require the SAT Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT with the writing component. If you happen to submit the SAT and the ACT, we will consider both. Please note that students applying to Brown’s Class of 2021 and beyond who take the redesigned SAT Reasoning Test will not be required to take the optional writing section, but they still must provide results from two Subject Tests. Students applying to the Class of 2021 and beyond who take the ACT will be strongly encouraged, but NOT required, to include the ACT Writing Section.