As the clock ticks down to the end of junior year, students are scheduling and prepping for standardized tests. Most will choose the SAT or the ACT and take the AP exams for the courses they complete this year.
As of March 2018 only 7 colleges require SAT Subject tests: Cornell (some departments), CalTech, Harvey Mudd, Harvard, MIT, svMcGill (or the ACT), and Webb Institute.
Fourteen more recommend subject tests: Georgetown wants to see 3 tests; the others, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Lafayette, Northwestern, Penn, Princeton, Rice and Yale, University of Delaware (strongly recommend for Honors), University of Georgia suggest 2. “Recommended” should be read as ‘required”
Check with each university for specifics on which ones are preferred.
SAT 2, or subject tests are aligned with the material covered in a high school curriculum. Unless specified, colleges don’t care which tests are submitted. Engineering programs are likely to expect to see either Math 1 or Math 2 and Physics.
The tests offered are Math 1 (SAT math); Math 2 (pre-calc)
Biology with emphasis on Ecology or Molecular Biology; Chemistry and Physics
US or World History
Literature adds poetry and drama to the SAT literature questions
Languages. Many native speakers take these tests; not being a native speaker doesn’t impact the scores significantly. Test prep is suggested.
Each test is one hour and a max of 3 may be taken on the same day. Register for one test to save your seat. On the day of the exam you can choose which exams to take and in which order. You may take fewer or more than you registered for.
Subject tests are offered on all test dates except March. The Language with Listening is ONLY offered in November. The multiple choice test is as highly valued as the test with listening.
Scoring Tests are scaled 200-800 and also by percentile. Math exams have many testers score 800 so the highest percentile coordinated with the top score is around 80th percentile. Good news is that you can miss 4-5 questions and still receive your 800; a 750 or better can be reached with 8-9 incorrect answers.
You will find 5 answer choices and there is a quarter point penalty for guessing.
Score Choice You are permitted to take the same test more than once and can choose which scores to send unless a college requires all scores.
Accommodations that you have for the SAT apply to subject tests as well.
If you want to confer on which tests to take and when to take them, lets talk! email@example.com or 610-212-6679