What are SAT II’s?
Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.
SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.
Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.
There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.
How do I register for SAT II’s?
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When should I take SAT Subject Tests?
In general, you’ll want to take SAT Subject Tests right after you’ve completed the recommended classes because the material will still be fresh in your mind. In some cases, this may mean spring of your freshmen or sophomore year. For the language tests, however, you should consider taking these tests after you’ve studied the language for at least two years.
Check the recommended preparation guidelines for each Subject Test (click on each subject to view) to make sure you’ve completed the recommended course work.
Since not all Subject Tests are offered on every test date, check to see when the Subject Tests that you’re interested in are offered.
You should also balance this with college application deadlines. If you’re interested in applying Early Decision or Early Action to any college, many colleges advise that you take the SAT Subject Tests by October or November of your senior year. For regular decision applications, some colleges will accept SAT Subject Test scores through the January administration. Use College Search to look up policies for specific colleges.
What is the difference between SAT Subject Tests and Advanced Placement classes and exams?
SAT Subject Tests are high school–level tests, reflecting high school curricula. These tests indicate a student’s readiness to take college-level courses in specific subject areas. AP® Exams, however, assess a student’s college-level knowledge, skills and abilities, learned in the corresponding AP courses. As a result, the topics covered on SAT Subject Tests may differ from those covered on AP Exams, with AP Exams typically covering more advanced topics with a greater depth that is more reflective of a college-level course.
While AP exams are also an excellent way to demonstrate understanding in specific subject areas, not all students have an opportunity to take AP courses across a broad range of subjects and in time to meet college admission deadlines. For students who lack access to AP and still wish to demonstrate subject knowledge, the Subject Tests offer this opportunity.
In general, students who have taken more rigorous courses (e.g., honors, AP, IB, dual enrollment) are better prepared for the SAT Subject Tests. However, advanced or college-level course work is not required to do well on the SAT Subject Tests.
Should I take SAT Subject Tests if I’ve already taken other college admission tests (e.g., SAT or ACT)?
Some colleges require or recommend SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT or ACT. Some also use these for course placement once you’ve arrived on campus. Depending on your performance, you may potentially fulfill basic requirements or even receive credit for introductory-level courses.
In determining if Subject Tests are right for you, you should consider that SAT Subject Tests are the onlynational admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests. By taking one or more SAT Subject Tests, you have an opportunity to highlight your unique strengths or areas of interest (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, history, literature and foreign languages).
If you’re interested in particular subjects or programs of study, this would be an excellent opportunity for you to complement or enhance your admission credentials and send a strong message to colleges about your readiness to study certain majors or programs. In conjunction with other information in your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendation, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests. Find out more about whether Subject Tests are right for you.
How many SAT Subject Tests are available?
There are 20 SAT Subject Tests divided into five categories: English, history, mathematics, science and languages.
When can I take SAT Subject Tests?
SAT Subject Tests are generally offered six times in any given school year. However, not all 20 tests are offered during every administration. Visit our Register page for dates when specific Subject Tests are offered. You should note that the Language with Listening tests are only offered during the November administration.
SAT Subject Tests are generally offered on the same dates that the SAT is offered. As administration of both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests are concurrent, students may not take both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests during the same administration.
Are they required for college?
SAT II’s are not required for UC’s; however, taking them & doing well on them will make your application a bit better. Many private colleges require that you take at least 2 SAT II’s. Many science and technology related universities such as MIT and CALTech require that you take Math II. All in all, taking SAT II’s can only help your application.