About SAT II Subject Tests

About SAT II Subject Tests

Subject Tests are an hour long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel..

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.

Why take the SAT II Subject Tests?

Some colleges require or recommend that you take SAT Subject Tests. When should you take it? You can take an SAT Subject Test at any point during your senior secondary (10+2 in India). Many take math Subject Tests in the fall of their twelfth standard. Other tests, like sciences and languages, should be taken right after finishing related subjects in school. How is it scored? One score per test, scale of 200-800. How long is it? One hour per test. What are the various subject tests offered? There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English: Literature History: US History World History Mathematics: Math level 1 Math level 2 Science: Physics Chemistry Biology Languages: French French with Listening German German with Listening Spanish Spanish with Listening Modern Hebrew Italian Latin Chinese with Listening Japanese with Listening Korean with Listening Which Subject Tests should you take? Before deciding which tests to take, make a list of the colleges you’re considering. Then review school catalogs, College Search Engines, or College Handbooks to find out whether the schools require scores for admission and, if so, how many tests and in which subjects. Use your list of colleges and their admission requirements to help plan your high school course schedule. You may want to adjust your schedule in light of colleges’ requirements. What if I don’t know which colleges I’m going to apply to? You should consider taking Subject Tests in the subjects that you’re interested in and have completed course work for, particularly if you think you may wish to concentrate in that area in college. Avoid last-minute stress by building your credentials along the way when you’re most prepared to do well on these tests. Many colleges that don’t require or recommend Subject Tests will still consider them when reviewing your application. What if the colleges that I’m interested in don’t require Subject Test scores? You may still want to take Subject Tests in the subjects that you excel in and submit those scores. Many colleges may still consider Subject Tests when reviewing your application, since they give a more complete picture of your academic background and send a strong signal regarding your readiness to focus on a specific major or program of study. Subject Tests can also help you place into the right courses once you get to college, or potentially receive credit for subjects you’ve performed well in.