SAT II SUBJECT TEST The SAT Subject Tests, formerly known as the SAT II, are subject-specific tests. Theseare one-hour multiple choice tests offered in 15 different subject areas such as Math, Chemistry, Spanish, History, and Literature. Many competitive schools will require you to submit up to three scores. It’s always a good idea to check with the schools you’re applying to and find out if they require SAT Subject Test scores, and if so, if they require any particular tests. You may take up to three tests in one day but not on the same day as the SAT Reasoning Test. Depending on the colleges you are considering, it is a good idea to take the Math subject test, and then the others should play to your academic strengths and/or possible major interests.
Of the 40 or so colleges that require the SAT II's, about 30 of them will allow you to substitute with the ACT. If you plan to take the ACT, check with your college to find out if they allow this substitution!
FAQ's: What are the SAT Subject Tests? They are college admissions tests in specific subjects. Each test is one hour long.
Do all colleges require SAT Subject Tests? No, most schools do not. Of the schools that do, many accept the ACT in lieu of SAT subject tests. A continuously updated list of the schools that require/recommend subject exams can be found here. However, it is best to research each individual school's requirements on their website.
What kind of schools require the SAT Subject Tests? Usually the most selective schools (in terms of admissions standards), such as Ivy League schools, require the SAT Subject Tests.
How many SAT Subject Tests are necessary and which subjects are required? No college requires more than three tests; but which tests are required varies at different colleges and in different programs within a given college. You should check with the individual schools as to which Subject Tests will be required.
If I don’t know which schools I’ll be applying to, should I take SAT Subject Tests this year? The answer to this question will vary from student to student. If you typically receive above average grades in your classes and if your PSAT combined score is over 185, you should consider taking SAT Subject Tests. Also, if you have a serious interest in a particular college and it requires SAT Subject Tests, you may wish to take them. Be advised that SAT Subject Tests exams require an acquisition of knowledge far beyond a Regents level course. You must prepare for SAT Subject Tests on your own using appropriate review books and other supplemental materials.
Which tests should I take? SAT Subject Tests in Science and Math 1 are often taken during the Junior year. However, students in any grade should demonstrate competency in a subject prior to taking a SAT Subject Test; completing a particular course at the honors/AP level is especially helpful.
Can I take SAT Subject Tests as a senior? Absolutely! However, May or June of Junior year is the ideal time to take SAT Subject Tests. This will provide an opportunity for you to re-take (or take additional) SAT Subject Tests in October, November and/or December of your Senior year.
How do I sign up? You register the same way as you do for the SAT Reasoning Test. You may complete a registration form (located in the College Office), or register with the College Board by phone or online (have your credit card and social security number handy).
Which months are best for taking the SAT Subject Tests? The May/ June/ August test dates coincide with the conclusion of your courses.
How many SAT Subject Tests can I take in one day? You may take up to three on any one test day; however, you may not take the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests on the same day.
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