“Subject” Yourself to These! And Make a Strong Impression with SAT Subject Tests!

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 12:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Test - Score At The Top 

Among the more selective colleges in the country, more than two dozen “recommend” to applicants that they submit not only an SAT or ACT score, but also the results of two or three College Board SAT Subject Tests. You can take up to three of these hour-long, multiple-choice exams at one sitting on May 2 and/or June 16, the two remaining national testing dates this academic year.

CAUTION: You may NOT take both an SAT Reasoning Test (the “SAT”) and Subject Tests on the same day. But why take Subject Tests at all?

No matter your year in high school (freshman, sophomore, junior), these nationally administered standardized tests in a limited number of subject areas (see below) compare you to every other test-taker, regardless of your school’s classes and teachers. Doing well on one of these hour-long exams pins down, in a way, your knowledge and expertise in the subject area ― and can improve your chances for admission!

Even if a school does not require a subject test, you can submit a score – or two, or three. They demonstrate very specific academic achievement. Think for a moment about the application process.

High school students put their best foot forward when applying to college. The most important information to submit is, of course, the academic record, and by submitting a positive test score associated with a highly successfully academic experience, students can demonstrate both intellectual accomplishment and strong intention regarding a college future. When a college “recommends” that a student submit SAT Subject Test scores, students shouldn’t hesitate! Always consider showing your best academic face with a Subject Test score ― even if you’re already taking an IB, AICE, or AP course in that academic subject.

One interesting point about these tests is that certain colleges accept the ACT in place of the combination of SAT and SAT Subject Tests! As we always say, a college admissions office is the best source of information about testing requirements. Call colleges to confirm their requirements.

If you’re interested in a math or history major, you may want to submit Subject Test scores related to your interest. Thinking pre-med or engineering? Science and math results from the appropriate Subject Tests will enhance your application.

Plan NOW. And here’s a bonus of sorts: you may decide which Subject Test to take on the very day of the exam! No need to pre-register for the particular Subject Test(s) you think you’ll take. Score choice for Subject Tests is observed by some colleges, so you may be able to selectively send Subject Test scores .

Be careful about scheduling Subject Tests for the May testing date, because you may have AP testing to contend with – and while there is some overlap in the test material, 30%-40% of the material on the Subject Test will not be tested on the Advanced Placement exam. So it’s typically best to take an SAT Subject Test after you have taken an AP exam, and just build upon the preparation you did for the AP exam. Exception: Take the SAT Subject Test in Math as soon as possible after you complete precalculus, and take the SAT Subject Test in Literature when you believe your reading comprehension is up for the challenge.

Scored on a 200-800 scale like the SAT, the tests currently offered are:

English
Literature
U.S.
History
World
History
Mathematics
Level 1 or 2
Biology
E/M
Chemistry
Physics

Chinese
French
German
Japanese
Korean
Spanish
Modern
Hebrew
Italian
Latin

Chinese
with Listening French with Listening German with Listening
Japanese
with Listening Korean with Listening Spanish with Listening

 

Below are listed some colleges that recommend or require Subject Tests:

Amherst
Barnard
Boston College
Brown
Caltech
Carnegie Mellon
Columbia
Connecticut College
Dartmouth

 

Duke
Harvard
Harvey Mudd
Haverford
Pomona
Princeton
Rice
Swarthmore
Trinity Christian

Tufts
University of Pennsylvania
Vassar
Wellesley
Wesleyan
Westminster (Missouri)
Westminster (Utah)
Williams
Yale

 

 


Topics: Test-Prep Subject Test

 

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